Revue de la Maison du Roi au Trou d'Enfer, 1778 (XVIIIe siècle) - Estampe
This print, entitled "Revue de la Maison du Roi au Trou d'Enfer," is a true relic of history, testifying to a major event of the royal era. Made with etching and chisel, it captures the review of the Maison du Roi, a ritual to which King Louis XVI submitted every four years. This event took place at a place called Trou d'Enfer, not far from the sumptuous Palace of Versailles. These troop reviews were public events, gathering the court and eliciting descriptions in the newspapers of the time as well as in the memoirs of contemporaries. The artist behind this work, Jean-Baptiste dit Louis Le Paon, a cavalry officer, had chosen to dedicate his life to battle painting, and this print is an eloquent example.
The drawing is attributed to Le Paon, while the engraving is made by Jacques-Philippe Le Bas (1707-1783), one of the most prolific engravers of the eighteenth century in France. Their collaboration brings this historic scene to life in a striking way.
Details of the Work:
Domain : Prints
Author: Le Paon, Jean-Baptiste dit Louis (draughtsman) and Le Bas, Jacques-Philippe (engraver)
Date of creation: 1778 (eighteenth century)
Dimensions: Height 46.3 cm, Width 78.5 cm
Material and Technique: Chisel and etching
This print presents a military review in the park of Marly-le-Roi, today in the southwestern suburbs of Paris. It was engraved by Jacques Philippe Le Bas (1707-1783), one of the leading French engravers of the eighteenth century, which adds considerable artistic and historical value.
The frame suffered some time and moving damage, which is completely understandable considering its age.This print is much more than a work of art, it is a piece of the royal history of France. It deserves to be preserved and admired for future generations.
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