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The Village Fair
Foire de Village

Engraved by Charles-Melchior Descourtis, French, 1753-1820. After a painting by Nicolas-Antoine Taunay, French, 1755 - 1830.

Geography:
Made in France, Europe

Date:
c. 1788

Medium:
Wash-manner color engraving

Dimensions:
Image: 12 1/8 x 9 3/16 inches (30.8 x 23.3 cm) Plate: 15 x 11 1/8 inches (38.1 x 28.3 cm) Sheet: 15 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches (39.1 x 29.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1996-68-2

Credit Line:
Gift (by exchange) of Carl and Laura Zigrosser, 1996

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Charles-Melchior Descourtis's masterful color print reproduces a painting, now lost, by Nicolas-Antoine Taunay. The harmonious coloring and lyrical mood of the print evoke Jean-Antoine Watteau's fêtes galantes and the carefree spirit of pre-Revolutionary France. Taunay had finished his paintings of The Village Wedding, The Village Fair, and The Drummer before leaving on a three-year visit to Italy in 1784.

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