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A family of five sits at a small table outside a cottage set within a country landscape.

A young fair-skinned mother sits on left holding a baby in her lap, leaning into the table with a glass in other hand as an older man pours from a pitcher. A young child wearing a hat, hovers above the pitcher holding a bowl and spoon. A toddler kneeling down by the woman’s feet leans toward a dog that’s licking a plate on the ground. A small bench on left holds loaf of bread and glass container. The simple cottage has a thatched roof with two white doves in the upper right corner, one in flight, surrounded by greenery.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Louis Desplaces, French (Paris 1682 - 1739 Paris)
After Jean-Antoine Watteau, French (Valenciennes 1684 - 1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
The Country Meal
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Le repas de campagne / Prandium Agreste
Series/Book Title: Recueil Jullienne
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Engraving and etching
sheet: 62.5 × 48.3 × 47 cm (24 5/8 × 19 × 18 1/2 in.)
plate: 44.4 × 33.9 cm (17 1/2 × 13 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, left: A. Watteau pinxit.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, right: Duplace Sculp.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, left and right: LE REPAS DE CAMPAGNE. / Gravé d'aprés le Tableau original Peint par Watteau / haut de 2. pieds sur 1. pied 6. pouces de large. // PRANDIUM AGRESTE. / Scalptum juxtà exemplar à Watteavo depictum cujus / altitudo 2. pedes et latitudo 1 pedum cum 6. continet.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, centered: Tiré du Cabinet de Mr. de Jullienne; / a Paris chez la Veuve Chereau rüe St. Jacques aux pilliers d'Or Et chez Surugue graveur rüe des Noyers vis a vis St. Yvres. A P D R


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 37

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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