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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Louis Desplaces, French (Paris 1682 - 1739 Paris)
After Charles-Antoine Coypel, French (Paris 1694 - 1752 Paris)
Cupids Forging Arrows
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Les Amours (forgerons)
Work Type
18th century
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Physical Descriptions

Image: 32.5 × 27 cm (12 13/16 × 10 5/8 in.)
Plate: 37.5 x 28.2 cm (14 3/4 x 11 1/8 in.)
Sheet: 41 x 32 cm (16 1/8 x 12 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: in plate, under image, left: Peint par Ch. Coypel.
  • inscription: in plate, under image, right: Gravé par L. Desplaces
  • inscription: left, in plate, under image: Satire audacieux, dans le fond des forêts / Envain tu crois cahcer ta proye / L'amour dont tu volis les traits / Sourit, et te les voit enlever avec joye
  • inscription: in plate, under image, right: Celuy qu'il te reserve est le plus dangereaux, / Plus ses traits sont cachés, plus leur victorie est sure / Et l'on ne doit jamais badiner avec lux / Sitost qu'on en craint la blessure.
  • inscription: center, under print and over text, in graphite: Cupids forging their arrows
  • (not assigned): below text, in graphite: Liebes gütter mit Bogen / 132
  • inscription: in plate, center, below image: à Paris chés Beauvais ruë S.t Jacques a S.t Nicolas.
  • inscription: recto,top left, graphite: 60
  • inscription: recto, bottom right, in graphite: 4 -
  • inscription: verso, bottom right, in graphite: M / PR
  • stamp: verso, center right: Randall Collection [stamp in purple ink] 11955 [handwritten, in graphite]


Recorded Ownership History
John Witt Randall, bequest, to; Belinda Lull Randall (his sister), gift; to Harvard University, 1892.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
IFF, vol. VII, cat. no. 38, pp. 83

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Belinda L. Randall from the collection of John Witt Randall
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • French Art of the Eighteenth Century: The Michael L. Rosenberg Lecture Series at the Dallas Musuem of Art, 2016, Dallas Museum of Art/Yale University Press, New Haven, pp. 39-41, repr. p. 40, fig. 26

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