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Gentil-homme jouant de la violle

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1688 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bonnart, Henri II (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and engraving on laid paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the House of Worth

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case O, shelf 3, box B

Physical description

A man in fashionable dress playing the viol, seated on a stool on a tiled floor against a plain background. The image within a border underneath which are the title two couplets of verse.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1688 (made)


Bonnart, Henri II (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and engraving on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Ce galant veut charmer avec son instrument / Les tourments que luy cause une fiere maitresse / Mais quoy que dans ses airs eclate la tendresse / Elle n'egale pas ce que son coeur ressent.'

Lettered with 4 lines of verse

'Chez HBonnart vis avis les Mathurines au Coq avec priuil'

'Gentil-homme jouant de la violle.'
Lettered (title), centred


Height: 260 mm trimmed, Width: 1800 mm trimmed

Object history note

'Given by the House of Worth' (Accessions Register)

Descriptive line

Gentil-homme jouant de la violle; engraving by Henri Bonnart; French, 1688

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1957-1958 London: HMSO, 1964
Figures de règne de Louis XIV Vol 3, fol. 128
Vol. 3, fol. 128
Figures de règne de Louis XIV.


Laid paper; Printing ink


Etching; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Violist; Clothing; Viol; Stool


Prints; Musical instruments; Fashion plates; Entertainment & Leisure; Hair and hairstyles; Men's clothes; Fashion


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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