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A well-dressed fair-skinned woman and man with a small child between them sit in a wooded landscape.

The woman wears a flowing satin dress with V-shaped neckline, pearls, her hair is up. Her body turned to the viewer while looking at the man who’s facing her from a reclining position, we see top of his wavy hair, his right arm circles above, pointing towards the woman in a circular motion. Child in center crawls over the father’s shoulder toward the mother. Two nude toddlers in the upper left corner play with a goat-like animal in the shadows. Ivy trickles down on the left, tall leafy trees frame the scene.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Pierre Alexandre Aveline, French (Paris, France 1702 - 1760 Paris, France)
After Jean-Antoine Watteau, French (Valenciennes 1684 - 1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
The Family
Other Titles
Original Language Title: La famille / Familia
Series/Book Title: Recueil Jullienne
Work Type
18th century
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Physical Descriptions

Engraving and etching
sheet: 62.5 × 47 cm (24 5/8 × 18 1/2 in.)
plate: 43 × 29.5 cm (16 15/16 × 11 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, left: A Watteau pinxit
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, right: P. Aveline Sculp.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, left and right: LA FAMILLE / Gravée d'Aprés le tableau original peint par / Watteau de la même grandeur de l'estempe. // FAMILIA / Scalpta juxtà Exemplar ejusdem magnitudinis / a Watteavo depictum.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, centered: Tiré du Cabinet de Mr. Titon du Tillet / a Paris avec privilege du Roy.


Recorded Ownership History
Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster, Eaton Hall, Cheshire, by 1884, by descent, sold [through Christie's, London, July 15, 2015, lot 172]; to private collection, United Kingdom, sold [through C. G. Boerner LLC, New York], to; Harvard Art Museums, 2017

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
Dacier & Vuaflart 86

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Richard Norton Memorial Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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