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Voyage a Athènes et a Constantinople, ou - DUPRÉ, L[ouis] - 1835. [1222467]
Paris Dondey-Dupré 1835 - First edition. Large folio (63 x 47.5 cm), engraved title page, dedication, 52pp., 12 engraved vignettes in text, 40 fine hand-coloured lithographs by Lemercier after Dupré, lLettered with title, numbered with plate number, and blind stamped with the artist's monogram encircled; with Turkish Firman (often missing), a little light spotting to text, light discolouration to the white background of plate XX as often, original upper wrapper on blue paper bound at front, original subscriber's list on two leaves bound at rear, extra-illustrated with a lithograph self-portrait of Dupré signed in pencil by the artist, beneath which is the receipt from Dupre to Francois Dubois acknowledging payment for his subscription, dated 9th November, 1833; contemporary red half morocco gilt, marbled boards, rebacked preserving spine. A very special copy, subscribed by a fellow-artist, of one of the very finest illustrated books of the nineteenth century. The printed receipt, with recipient's name, date, and artist's signature in ink, reads:" J'ai reçu de Monsieur François Dubois/ Peinture d'histoire Deux Cent francs pour les/ dix livraisons du Voyage à Athenes/ Paris ce 9 Nov. bre 1833/ L Dupre." The list of subscribers (147 named) includes that of the recipient. François Dubois, born 10th May 1790 in Paris, enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Ats in 1813 where he studied under Regnault. He was known for his historical portraits, all painted in the manner of David. He also painted Religious and mythological subjects. The self-portrait is from 1821 and depicts the artist in Istanbul, in the act of making a drawing while wearing a curved Turkish sword. The upper wrapper and subscribers list are not normally present. "The French painter Louis Dupré (1789-1837) was born in Versailles and died in Paris. Little is known about his family or his childhood. Dupré had a powerful patron, Count Clément de Ris, thanks to whom he was able to study in the School of the renowned painter Jacques-Louis David, an apprenticeship that had a decisive impact on his personality as well as his art. In 1811, Cardinal Joseph Fesch, Bishop of Lyon, connoisseur and statesman, sent Dupré to Kassel, where he was named court painter to the king of Westphalia, Jérôme Bonaparte, who also facilitated Dupré's journey to Rome to study, in 1813. In Italy, Dupré travelled, studied and drew antiquities, in particular vases, while developing his skills in landscape and portrait painting. He became acquainted with artists such as the sculptor David d'Angers, the painter J.A.D. Ingres, the composer J. Rossini and the architect C.R. Cockerell. He met three British art lovers, Heyet, Hay and Viwian, who suggested that he accompany them on their journey to Greece, in February 1819. This journey, which lasted until April 1820, completely met Dupré's expectations. He saw the ideal world of ancient Greece reveal itself before his eyes, the scope of his subjects became broader and his art was animated by a fresh "élan". The party of four travelled to Corfu, Epirus, Thessaly, Central Greece, Attica, and the Saronic islands. Dupré himself continued on to Constantinople and Bucharest, invited by Michael Soutsos (1784-1864), great dragoman of the Sublime Porte and prince of Moldavia. Polite, sociable, energetic, forthright, courageous and honest, with his love of freedom and homeland, Dupré immediately became well-liked by the Greeks. In 1825, after his return home, he published his travel album with forty lithographs in colour, etched by the best lithographers in France. From 1827 onwards he exhibited his Greek-themed paintings in the yearly Paris "Salon". Man, nature, religious sentiment, the reminiscence of antiquity and the charm of the East are Dupré's favourite subjects. However, the journey to Greece was a landmark in the evolution of his thematic repertoire. Although nature has the power to give new wings to memory and imagination, Dupré gave priority to portraits and costumes. He depicts human t [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
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