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L'Assemblée - Au Concert

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1783-4 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dequevauviller, François (printmaker)
    Lafrensen, Nicolas (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving and etching

  • Credit Line:

    Purchase supported by Emanuel von Baeyer in honour of the members of staff of the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Temporary Exhibition, room 38

This engraving and etching is one of a pair (along with L’Assemblée - Au Salon, museum number E.365-2013) made by François Dequevauviller based on gouache paintings by Nicholas Lavreince. Nicolas Lavreince (real name Niclas Lafrensen) was a Swedish miniaturist, draughtsman and gouache painter active in Paris until 1791. Originally his father’s pupil, he visited Paris 1771-3 before returning to Sweden where he was made a member of the Stockholm Academy. Returning to Paris in 1774 he made numerous models for engravers including the gouaches on which these two prints are based.

According to Anne Leonard, L’Assembléee au Concert … “signaled a new importance of music in the private realm. Present in this intimate gathering is an unprecedented figure: a man standing and imposing silence on the listeners as the musicians appear to finish tuning their instruments. Lavreince’s choice of the moment just before the music begins is the device that allows him to show its privileged place. Music has won the honour of being an object of attention in itself rather than a mere accompaniment to a social gathering."
Art Bulletin, Vol. 89, no. 2, June 2007, 266-286.

Physical description

Interior of an oval music room. There is a large niche decorated by a garland set into the back wall, in which stands a large vase with lid topped by an eagle. Two classical statues representing muses on circular pedestals decorated with garlands are on either side of the room, one holding a lute, and the other a lyre. Ten Ionic style pilasters with additional garland decorations line the oval-shaped walls. There are two windows left and right, one of which, on the left hand side of the picture, lets light into the room. A screen decorated with portrait medallions and garland decoration is to the right of the room. The ceiling is decorated with painted cherubs and garlands and on either side of the niche on the back wall are images of cherubs playing musical instruments. On the floor is a large circular rug patterned with diamond shapes, garlands of roses and acanthus scrolls.

There are three ladies and one man near the window having a conversation. A concert is in progress. Four men to the right of the image are playing flutes and violins and reading from sheet music. A woman in the centre is playing a harpsichord, and the man next to her is playing a bass viol or a cello. At the extreme right of the picture, in the foreground, a cello is resting on the arm of a chair, a violin is lying on the table and a French horn is visible on the floor partially behind the cello case.

In the middle of the lower margin below the image is a representation of the coat of arms of Louise Adélaïde de Bourbon, topped with a coronet and set amongst roses.

Place of Origin

Paris (printed)


1783-4 (printed)


Dequevauviller, François (printmaker)
Lafrensen, Nicolas (painter)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving and etching

Marks and inscriptions

Title: Below image in lower margin, centre, on either side of coat of arms.

Peint a la Gouache par N. Lavrience peintre du Roi de Suede et de l’Académie Royale de Stockholm.
Below image in lower margin, upper left corner

Gravé par F. „Dequevauviller„
Below image in lower margin, upper right corner

Dédie à Son Altesse Sérénissime Mademoiselle de Condé
Below image in lower margin, centered, on either side of a coat of arms

Avec Privilège du Roi
Below coat of arms.

A Paris chez Dequevauvillier, rue s. Hyachinthe la 3e. Porte Côchère à droite par la Place S.Michel.
Bottom left corner of lower margin

Par son très humble et très Obseissant ferviteur Dequevauvillier .
Bottom right corner of lower margin


Height: 580 mm printsellers details, Width: 680 mm printsellers details, Height: 402 mm platemark, Width: 497 mm platemark, Height: 607 mm frame, Width: 695 mm frame

Object history note

Purchase from Emanuel von Baeyer, with support from printseller. RF 2013/899.

Descriptive line

L'Assemblée - Au Concert, etching and engraving by François Dequevauviller after Nicholas Lavreince (Laureince, Niclas Lafrensen), 1783-4.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bocher, Emmanuel. Les Graveurs Françaises du XVIIIe siecle. Vol I, pp.13-14, nos. 5-6.
Hellman, Mimi. "Furniture, Sociability and the Work of Leisure in Eighteenth-Century France”, in Eighteenth Century Studies. Vol. 32, no. 4, Sites and Margins of the Public Sphere (Summer 1999), pp. 415-445.
Leonard, Anne. “Picturing Listening in the Late Nineteenth Century” in The Art Bulletin. Vol. 89, no. 2, June 2007, pp. 266-286.
Newlin, Alice H. “Some French Prints” in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. Vol 31, no. 2, Feb 1936, pp. 41-42.
Roux, Marcel. Bibliothèque Nationale. Inventaire du Fonds Françaises Graveurs du XVIIIe Siècle. Vol. 7, Paris 1951, pp. 44-45, nos. 62-63.
Wennberg, B. G. Niclas Lafrensen. Malmo, 1947.


Paper; Printing ink


Engraving; Etching

Subjects depicted

Cello; Salon; Cabriole chairs; Screen; Windows; Sheet music; Violins; Ornament; Costume; Interior; French horn; Scroll; Vase; Rug; Lute; Lyre; Table; Flute; Garlands; Men; Drapes; Concert; Pilasters; Arms; Urns; Roses; Cherubs; Musicians; Harpsichord; Women; Medallions; Instruments; Panpipes


Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Interiors; Musical instruments


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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