The lower margin features a coat of arms and contains the following inscription:
Dédiée à Madame de Blangermont,
Blaise á la parsin s’apprête
L’Imême à faire le guet,
Du chapeau couvrant sa tète,
Is’plante au lieu du piquet.
La Belle ye viant, il la happe
Par son jupon de bazin:
Vous v’nez donc mordre à la grappe
Dans la vigne du voisin?
Jacques-Philippe Caresme was a French painter, engraver and illustrator. The son and cousin of artists, he entered the Académie Royale in 1753 and won second place in the Prix de Rome competition there in 1761. Accepted into the Académie in 1766, he began to exhibit regularly at theSalon. He completed commissioned paintings for Bayonne Cathedral and the Petit Trianon, Versailles, where they remain to this day. In 1777,the Académie commissioned a painting for the ceiling of the Gallery of Apollo in the Louvre; when he failed to produce it he was expelled from the Académie the following year.
“Jacques-Philippe Caresme.” The Grove Dictionary of Art. New York : Macmillan. 2000. Artnet.com. http://www.artnet.com/library/01/0140/T014030.asp (9 April 2004).