VERNET, Carle (1758-1836, artist). - Philibert Louis DEBUCOURT (1755-1832, engraver)
[Scenes on the road]
Paris: chez l'Auteur & chez Ch. Bance, [n.d., but 1816-1817]. Oblong folio. (15 3/8 x 20 1/2 inches). 4 hand-coloured aquatint plates by Debucourt after Vernet. (Light foxing to one plate).
Provenance: A. B. (contemporary ink initials in the upper right corner of each plate)
A fine large-scale series of hand-coloured plates exhibiting Debucourt and Vernet's mastery of the genre print.
The series consists of four views of scenes glimpsed "on the road." As usual with Vernet, the human figures are slightly caricatured, whilst the horses (in three of the prints) are beautifully observed. The plates are titled: Les Aveugles [The Beggars. Fenaille 407]; Route de St. Cloud [The St. Cloud Road. Fenaille 405]; Route de Poissy [The Poissy Road. Fenaille 404]; and Route de Poste [The Post Road. Fenaille 406]. According to Fenaille the series was eventually extended to include 12 large caricatures, published by Bance & Aumont between 1816 and 1823.
Fenaille Catalogue de l'oeuvre gravé de Debucourt 404-407.