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Five putti playing with fruits and butterflies 1625-1650?

Henry d'Avice

Etching after Nicolas Poussin (1594 - 1665). Size of plate: 23.8 x 16.7 cm. Size of sheet: c. 25.8 x 26.7 cm.

Literature: Le Blanc t.I, p.111, 3;

                 I.F.F. 2;

                  Wildenstein 168:

                 J. Thuillier, Poussin, Paris, 1994, cat. no.104;

                  S. Laveissière, Nicolas Chaperon, 1612 - 1654/1655: du graveur au peintre retrouvé, Exh. Cat.,  Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes, 1999, p. 92, note 29, as possibly part of the set series Recueil de Diverses Baccanalles de Poussin, Chappron, D’origny, et autres.

                  H. Sandrine, Estampes françaises du XVIIe siècle. Une donation au musée des beaux-arts de Nancy, Paris, 2008, n°23, I/II, illustrated.

Fine and dark impression of the first state before Mariette's address, with wide margins all around. Attached by the corners only on 17th century album sheet. Another impression is in the Musée de beaux-arts of Nancy (inv. TH.99.15.2739, cf. French Gov. website POP: no. TH.99.15.2739, Musée de beaux-arts, Nancy).

After a painting by Poussin in the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon (Thuillier 104), which according to Anthony Blunt is by the "Master of the clumsy Children" (1).

(1) A. Blunt, "Poussin Studies XIII: Early Falsification of Poussin" in The Burlington Magazine, Nov. 1962, Vol. 104, No. 716, p. 493.



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