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Edme Jeaurat

(1688 Vermenton – 1738 Paris)

Fille de Rome (Young Roman Woman). Engraving after Nicolaus Vleughels. 21.9 x 15.7 cm. 1734. From Le Blanc 121–1256 I (of II); IFF 130.

The engraver and publisher Edme Jeaurat was apprenticed to Bernard Picart. In 1722 he married Marie Leclerc, the sister of the painter Sébastien II Leclerc, after whose models he fre­quently made engravings. Jeaurat was a respected reproductive engraver and much in demand. He worked after Mignard, Poussin, Vleughels and other notable masters of his time. This delightful portrait of a veiled young Roman woman is one of a series of six entitled Costumes de Rome published in 1734. Jeaurat’s light, ethereal style characterises the girl in a concise and artis­tically convincing manner. Although veiled she radiates a femi­nine charm. The rosary in her left hand symbolises her piety; she is clearly standing in front of a church door. According to the inscription, her clothing indicates that she is either of marriage­able age or destined to live the life of a nun. A superb, harmonious early impression with thread margins. Minor ageing, otherwise in excellent condition.

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