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Return from the Hunt with a Dead Roe

1725 (printed 1736)
Jean-Baptiste Oudry (French, 1686–1755) After a painting dated 1721 by Jean-Baptiste Oudry (French, 1686–1755)
Printmakers in eighteenth-century France liked to embellish their work with engraved dedications to important individuals, who were flattered to be associated with a widely circulated image. Here a sizeable portion of the composition is devoted to a list of the many titles of Louis Bontemps, a minor official at the court of Louis XV. Dedicatees of prints would usually reward the printmaker with an introduction to a patron, a gift of money, or a favor of some sort, such as a gold snuffbox.

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