CASANOVA, François engraved by Charles-Nicolas DUFOUR
Petite Chasse aux Canards. Le Tableau est au Cabinet de Monsieur Damery Chevalier de l'Ordre Royal Militaire de St. Louis
Paris: la Veuve de F. Chereau, late 18th century. Engraving, coloured by hand. Printed on watermarked laid paper. In good condition with the exception of being trimmed within the platemark on all sides. Image size: 10 3/4 x 18 inches. Sheet size: 13 x 18 7/8 inches.
A finely coloured image of an informal duck shoot.
An expertly observed scene: an ideal autumnal day, early evening, the hunters have waited, patiently concealed since mid-afternoon, for the flight of duck to come in to land on the lake in the forest clearing. Their quarry arrive, they wait, take aim and fire. All leap up with excited cries, they have had some success, the flock is still close by, confused as to which way safety lies, two hunters take aim in the hope of increasing their bag.
Le Blanc II, p.153 no.1.