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Recueil des Scènes Familiéres, et de Société de Paris [with] Recueil de Cinquante Scenes de Grisetes [with] Les Jeux de L'Enfance [with] Miscellaneous Prints
Paris: Delpech, 1826 / 1824. - Grisettes, Mischievous Children, and Deadly SinsIn Sixty-Two Hand-Colored LithographsSCHEFFER, Jean Gabriel. AUBRY, Charles. BOILLY, Louis Leopold. Recueil des Scènes Familiéres, et de Société de Paris [with] Recueil de Cinquante Scenes de Grisetes [with] Les Jeux de L'Enfance [with] Miscellaneous Prints. Paris: Delpech, 1826 (Recueil des Scenes); 1826 (Recueil de Cinquante); 1824 (Jeux de l'enfance), 1824 (Miscellaneous). Folio. Twenty-one hand colored lithographed plates of thirty-six (Recueil des Scenes Familiéres); twenty-eight hand-colored lithographs of fifty (Recueil de Cinquante Scenes de Grisetes); eight hand-colored lithographed plates (Jeux); three (of seven) hand-colored lithographed plates by Boilly from Les Sept péchés capital (1824) an album excerpted as a separate series from Recueil de Grimaces (1824); two hand-colored lithographs by Aubry (1824). A total of sixty-two plates.Mid-nineteenth century quarter crimson straight-grained morocco over straight-grained paper boards. Gilt rules and lettering ("Recueil De Lithograph") to spine. Plate One (Recueil des Scenes) with foxing and damp stains not affecting image and repairs to verso; plate 3 with foxing and damp stains not affecting image; plate 9 with small rubbed hole at image's lower corner edge. Scattered foxing to margins of some plates. Otherwise an excellent collection of scarce lithographs.Only one complete copy of Recueil des Scènes Familiéres and Recueil de Cinquante Scenes de Grisetes in international library holdings, at Yale and the Ransom Center respectively. Only one copy of Jeux de l'enfance in institutional holdings worldwide, i.e. Gordon Ray's at the Morgan Library, though Ray, alas, does not mention it in his The Illustrated Book In France. The album was issued with six plates by Aubry, yet a few copies have turned up in trade with the two thematically related Boilly lithographs bound-in as here.This album was issued by Delpech as a compilation of unsold prints, a common practice of contemporary printmakers and sellers, or assembled by a collector.The contemporary manners and customs of Parisian couples, illustrated with great charm and wry, understated humor by Swiss genre painter and lithographer Jean Gabriel Scheffer (1797-1876), who studied with Regnault and was a friend of Corot, Aligny, and Léopold Robert. His work was shown at the Salon de Paris beginning in 1822; his reputation as a designer of many wryly humorous lithographs, typically signed "J.S.," was firm. The son of a wood-carver, Louis Léopold Boilly lived in Douai until he was seventeen years of age, when he went to Arras to receive instruction in trompe-l'oeil painting at Domenica Doncre before moving to Paris in 1785. Between 1789 and 1791 he executed eight small scenes on moralizing and amorous subjects for the Avignon collector Esprit-Claude-François Calvet (1728–1810), including The Visit (1789; Saint-Omer, Musée Hôtel Sandelin). He exhibited at the Salon between 1791 and 1824 and received a gold medal at the Salon in 1804. These paintings thoroughly observed and reflected all aspects of urban life, its costumes and its habits, between the revolutionary period and the Restoration. In 1823, Boilly produced a series of humorous lithographies entitled Grimaces. In 1833, at a time when his popularity was declining, he was admitted to the Légion d’honneur and the Institut de France.Plates bound in sequence:Jeux de l'enfance Prints:Aubry, nos. 1-6, in sequence [with]Boilly, Le Perruque de Grand-Pere.Boilly, Le Bonnet de la Grand-Mere.Miscellaneous Prints:Aubry, Les Soins d'une Mere (The Solicitude of a Mother), Delpech , 1824.Aubry, La Nourrice Imprudente (The Imprudent Nurse), Delpech, 1824.Boilly, L'Envie (Envy), Delpech, 1824.Boilly, ah! le méchant (Evil), Delpech, 1824.Boilly, La Paresse (Sloth), Delpech, 1824.Recueil des Scènes Familiéres, et de Société de Paris Prints (Scheffer):Première Partie:1. 8 heures du soir - signed J.S.2. 8 heures du matin - signed J.S.3. Comme on [Attributes: First Edition]
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