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Fine Art, Neoclassicism, Study of a Woman, Guido Reni, French, Antique Print, c. 1810


Philippe Chéry (1759-1838) (after)
N. Bertrand (engraver)
Tete d’Étude d’Aprés le Tableau de l’Enlèvement d’Hélène par le Guide
[Study of Head After ‘The Abduction of Helen’ by Guido Reni]
Basset, Rue St. Jacques No. 64, Paris: c. 1810s
Etching and aquatint, uncolored
19.5 x 15 inches, image
22 x 16 inches, overall

A portrait of a beautiful pensive woman in a turban. The print is a detail study of one of the background figures in the masterpiece painting The Abduction of Helen, painted in 1631 by the Italian Baroque master Guido Reni (1575-1642). (Reni was sometimes referred to in France as “Le Guide.”) The original painting is presently in the Louvre. The detail for the print was drawn by Philippe Chéry in the neoclassical taste, and engraved by Bertrand for the Imperial Library (Bibliotheque Impériale).

Philippe Chéry was a French artist. He was a student of the neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825). He produced portraits and history paintings that are in the collections of French museums. N. Bertrand was a Parisian engraver and printseller. He did a number of engraved studies of heads of characters from Greek mythology after other artists during the 1820s, sometimes for other publishers, sometimes self-published.

Full publication information: Basset, Rue St. Jacques No. 64, Paris.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear.


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19th Century