Simon Petit after Louis Boilly.
22 x 20.5 inches
A black and white stipple plate engraving by Simon Petit (1760-1812), proof before title, after the painting by Louis Boilly (1761-1845; published in Paris c. 1800.
Petit and Boilly were contemporaries working in Paris throughout the French Revolutionary period. Petit was an accomplished stipple plate engraver and Boilly is best known for his engaging caricatures and satirical work. This charming scene is very much in the tradition of Les Estampe Gallant, humorous pieces that chronicle the French aristocracy and their mannerisms.