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Fashion plate - Incroyable et Merveilleuse
  • Incroyable et Merveilleuse
    Vernet, Horace Emile-Jean, born 1789 - died 1863
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Incroyable et Merveilleuse

  • Object:

    Fashion plate

  • Place of origin:


  • Date:

    1814 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vernet, Horace Emile-Jean, born 1789 - died 1863 (artist)
    Gatine, Georges Jacques (engraver)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 77, box A

Incroyable et Merveilleuse was a set of 33 engravings, published in 1814 , depicting extremely fashionable French men and women. They were engraved by George-Jacques Gatine after drawings by Horace Vernet and Louis-Marie Lanté. Whilst most fashion plates were on a small scale, designed to fit in women's magazines such as the Journal des Dames (which Gatine contributed to), the Incroyable et Merveilleuse plates were on a grander scale, designed for print collectors. Gatine's fashion engravings, particularly the Incroyable et Merveilleuse series, are now considered some of the finest records of French fashion of this period.

Place of Origin



1814 (published)


Vernet, Horace Emile-Jean, born 1789 - died 1863 (artist)
Gatine, Georges Jacques (engraver)


Height: 14.25 in, Width: 9.375 in

Descriptive line

Horace Vernet. Fashion plate from "Incroyable et Merveilleuse", engraved by George Jacques Gatine, Paris, 1814.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1947, London: HMSO, 1950.
Rene Colas. Bibliographie Générale du Costume et de la Mode, Paris, 1933.
Edouard Rahir. La bibliothèque de l'amateur, Paris, 1924
Henri Béraldi. Les Graveurs du XIXe siècle. Paris, 1887


Engraving; Hand-colouring


Fashion; Fashion; Prints; Fashion plates


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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