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Print - Fontaines & Jardins avec sujets d'Histoire, tires de la Fable, Inventés & gravés par J. le Pautre.  En Six Planches
  • Fontaines & Jardins avec sujets d'Histoire, tires de la Fable, Inventés & gravés par J. le Pautre. En Six Planches
    Le Pautre, Jean, born 1618 - died 1682
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Fontaines & Jardins avec sujets d'Histoire, tires de la Fable, Inventés & gravés par J. le Pautre. En Six Planches

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (published)

  • Date:

    late 17th century - early 18th century (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Pautre, Jean, born 1618 - died 1682 (etcher)
    Mariette, Jean (publisher)
    Jombert, Charles-Antoine, born 1712 - died 1784 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on laid paper

  • Museum number:

    29483:28

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 86, box A

Physical description

Mythological scene in a garden with a fountain. In the left foreground Narcissus, his bow cast aside and with a quiver of arrows over his shoulder, admires his refection as putti fly about him. On either side of the scene are putti with hounds. At the centre of the garden, in an alcove above the fountain, is a statue of a male figure, his torso bare; on each side are trees and plinths supporting urns.

Place of Origin

Paris (published)

Date

late 17th century - early 18th century (published)

Artist/maker

Le Pautre, Jean, born 1618 - died 1682 (etcher)
Mariette, Jean (publisher)
Jombert, Charles-Antoine, born 1712 - died 1784 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Narcisse apres avoir mesprisé plusieurs Nimphes don’t il estoit aimé pour sa beauté (et entrautres Echo) revenant un iour de la Chasse sapprocha d'une fontaine ou sestant apperceu il s'amourach a tellement de luy qui'l en seicha et fut Changé en une fleur de son nom. metam. l.3. I. Mariette ex cum Pri. re.'
Lettered

'le Paultre in et sculp.'
Lettered within the design

'3'
Numbered

Dimensions

Height: 18.5 cm cut to, Width: 28.2 cm cut to

Object history note

In the reissued volume this set was entitled 'Fontaines et Jardins avec Sujets d'histoire tirés de la fable, inventés et gravés par J. le Pautre, en six planches' (Guilmard, p.74:95; Berlin, p.49:95). Although it is not clear whether they were actually published at the same time, numbers 29483:28-33 represent the complete set.

Descriptive line

A mythological scene in a garden with a fountain, showing Narcissus admiring his reflection. One of six plates from the set 'Fontaines et Jardins avec Sujets d'histoire tirés de la fable'. Etching by Jean le Pautre, published late 17th-early 18th century.

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

Guilmard, Desiré. Les Maitres Ornemanistes.: Écoles Françaises, Italienne, Allemande et des Pays-Bas. Paris: E. Plon, 1880, p.74: 95.
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin. Berlin and Leipzig, 1939. p.49: 95.

Production Note

The works of Jean le Pautre were reissued by Charles-Antoine Jombert under the title Oeuvres d’architecture, 3 vols (Paris,1751). These volumes contain a list of the reissued sets, and each are numbered. The majority of the title plates in each set are printed with the name of Jombert and the publication date of 1751; however, the other plates, like those in the original issues, are lettered with the names of the publishers Jean or Pierre Mariette. It is unclear whether this plate was published by Jean Mariette or reissued by Jombert.

Materials

Laid paper

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Plinths; Fountain; Statue; Dogs; Bow; Garden; Quiver; Putti

Categories

Prints; Myths & Legends; Gardens & Gardening; Ornament prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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