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Haid, Johann Philipp (1730-1806). Allegories of the five senses in a social context.
Le Goût. L Odorat. La Vue. Le Toucher. L Ouie.
[Augsburg, J[ohann] J[acob] Haid et filius, c1760]. 5 mezzotint engravings (Image: 215 x l80mm; overall size of each: 297x220mm). Framed. Allegorical engravings representing the five senses as human figures holding a significant object, inspired by French models. Le Goût: Taste is here expressed by the fashionable coffee drink embraced by the middle classes during the 18th century. L Odorat (Smell); a boy is sniffing flowers with a lady gardener watching; L Ouie (Hearing): a gentleman plays a mandolin to a lady caressing him; La Vue: a gentleman with an optical tube in his left hand offers a lens to a lady with his right hand; Le Toucher: a lady with a bird perched on her right hand caresses it with her left hand, a fashionable gentleman carrying a riding crop looks on; the theme of the five senses was a favourite subject since ancient times. The Augsburg artist is known for his striking mezzotint portraits. See Guilmard, Les maitres ornamentistes, 62; Thieme-Becker XV, 481.
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