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Three young women stand from center right wearing long dresses, one holds out her hand to older woman on left.

An older woman wearing head scarf holds the hand of a young fair-skinned woman, with a perplexed look as she peers at the young woman. A small barefoot child in the shadows leans into the older woman, looking up at the hands. Of the three young women, two are in conversation, one with her back to viewer. A long-haired dog lifts its hind leg in the lower left corner beside the older woman. The scene takes place outside, with a vine climbing up a corner of a tall stone structure. This is rendered with darker lines compared to 2017.120.15.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Laurent Cars, French (Lyon 1699 - 1771 Paris)
After Jean-Antoine Watteau, French (Valenciennes 1684 - 1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
The Fortune Teller
Other Titles
Original Language Title: La diseuse daventure
Series/Book Title: Recueil Jullienne
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Engraving and etching
sheet: 62.5 × 47 cm (24 5/8 × 18 1/2 in.)
plate: 37.8 × 28.6 cm (14 7/8 × 11 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, left: A. Watteau pinxit.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, right: Cars Sculp.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, left and right: LA DISEUSE DAVENTURE / Gravée d'apres le Tableau original Peit par / Watteau, de mesme grandeur. // FUTURORUM PRAENUNTIATRIX / Scalpta juxtà Exemplar Ejusdem magnitudinis / à Wateavo Depictum.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, centered: a Paris chez F. Chereau graveur du Roy ruë St.Jacques aux deux pilliers d'Or.


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 30

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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