Fine Art, Neoclassicism, Studies of Women, French, Antique Prints, c. 1810
Eugène Bourgeois (after)
La Prière [The Prayer]
Basset, Rue St. Jacques No. 64, Paris: August 19, 1815 (L’Amabilité) and July 6, 1816 (La Prière)
Etching and aquatint, uncolored
19.5 x 15 inches, image
22 x 16 inches, overall
Pair of allegorical prints from a series published by Basset after Eugène Bourgeois depicting virtues: “La Prière” showing a woman in prayer with clasped hands and “L’Amabilité,” kindness. The women are rendered in “the black pencil manner after Bourgeois,” in a French empire style, with elaborate hairstyles and ornaments. Legend on prints state that they were engraved for the Bureau of Engraving (“Bureau des Estampes”).
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear.