February 20 – March 31, 2022
17th century French prints from the Newbattle Abbey album
Emanuel von Baeyer
130-132 Hamilton Terrace, London, NW8 9UU UK
One does not often see a group of 24 prints appearing on the market in the original condition in which they were issued in mid-17th century France. Many of the etchings and engravings are in first states and are unusual and rare impressions. Most, if not all of them have full margins and the printing is rich and deep as though untouched by the passing of time. Representing bacchanal and dyonisiac subjects along with other mythological scenes, the prints are mainly by French 17th century artists, except for the Italian Stefano della Bella, whose French connections and presence in Paris since 1639 are well known, and the German artist Johann Christophorus Storer.
Bacchanal subjects were particularly successful in the Parisian atelier of Simon Vouet and are well represented in the display with rare prints by Nicolas Chaperon and Michel Dorigny, including both individual and collaborative works such as the series Recueil de Diverses Baccanalles de Poussin, Chappron, D’origny, et autres. Chaperon formed part of Vouet’s entourage in the 1630s before joining Poussin in Rome in 1640s, whereas Dorigny joined Vouet’s atelier in 1637-38. Dorigny was not only one of Vouet’s most important painters and collaborators, but also a prolific engraver on his own. Several important prints after paintings by Nicolas Poussin, Jacques Blanchard, Laurent de la Hyre, Domenichino and Jusepe de Ribera complete the exhibition.