LAER, After Pieter (Boddingh) van [called 'il Bamboccio'], (1599-?1642)
The Inn Yard. From the Original Picture by Peter de Laër, called Bamboccio; In the Collection of Robt. Udney Esqr.
London: John Boydell, 24 June 1769. Engraving, coloured by hand, by Philip Charles Canot. Image size (including text): 16 3/4 x 22 3/8 inches. Sheet size: 19 1/4 x 23 1/8 inches.
A fine example of van Laer's 'bambocciata' compositions, ably engraved by one of the great late 18th century engravers working in London. The title notes that the original picture, from which this engraving is taken, was 29 inches by 38 inches.
Dutch painter and printmaker. [Van Laer was ]... active mainly in Rome, [where] he established a reputation as the inventor of the bambocciata (Fr. bambocciade), a variety of painting characterized by its small size, naturalistic style and references to contemporary Italian popular culture. He attracted many followers in Italy, known as the Bambaccianti. Peter Charles Canot (1710-1777) '...was a native of France, who came to England in 1740, and remained...till he died. He was a member of the Incorporated Society of Artists in 1766, and was elected an associate engraver of the Royal Academy in 1770, when that degree was first instituted. He exhibited at the Society of Artists, the Free Society, and the Royal Academy. A line-engraver of considerable skill, he executed numerous plates after Van de Velde, Bakhuisen, Teniers, Claude, and other old masters.' (DNB).