DAVID, François Anne after Gabriel METZU.
Le Marche aux herbes á Amsterdam / (The Herb Market in Amsterdam)
1774. Engraving. Proof before letters. Printed on watermarked laid paper. In excellent condition with the exception of being trimmed within the platemark on all sides. Two very light waterstains on bottom edge of sheet. Image size (including text): 19 1/2 x 17 inches. Sheet size: 23 1/16 x 18 5/16 inches.
This captivating print is a rare proof impression of Francois Anne David's celebrated print depicting a bustling herb market in Amsterdam.
Francois Anne David was a highly regarded engraver working in Paris at the close of the eighteenth century. Born in 1741, David garnered a reputation as a talented portrait engraver. He was the master of J. P. Lebas and a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salon from 1802 to 1819. He was an esteemed member of the Academy in Rouen and in Berlin, and his prints can be found in some the most noted European museums. This delightful genre scene is regarded as one of his finest engravings. From the collection of Frederic R. Halsey, a famous New York print collector, who was active during the latter part of the 19th century.
Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs; Lugt, Les Marques de Collections 1308.