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Joseph-François Foulquier

(1744/45 Toulouse – 1789 Martinique)

R.R.P. Doctissimi Bassinae. Etching. 10.8 x 13.5 cm. 1773. Le Blanc 6.

Joseph-François Foulquier was an amateur painter, etcher and art collector who was trained in Paris by Philipp Jakob Loutherbourg and the Swedish miniaturist Hall. Foulquier produced a modest printed oeuvre including several etchings after preliminary drawings by Loutherbourg. According to Nagler, these character heads, some of which are grotesque, are based on a design by Claude Henri Watelet. The cryptic title provides no clear indication as to the real purpose of the work. In all probability it is a capriccio in which the artist has sketched very different facial features with a light needle for this own distraction. A very fine, contrasting impression with even thread margins. Rare.

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