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A woman is helped off a horse, there’s a gathering of couples and several hunting dogs sitting on the grass.

Of the couples lounging on the grass, the women wear long 18th century style dresses, the men wear knickers. Two other horses are tied up on the left, four hunting dogs sit or lie down with the people on the right. Three young boys hang out holding onto long guns. Set in deep woods on the left and leafy old trees framing the scene, there’s a distant landscape in the background. A dead hare hangs on old branches in the lower right.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Michel-Guillaume Aubert, French (Paris c. 1704 - 1757 Paris)
After Jean-Antoine Watteau, French (Valenciennes 1684 - 1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
The Hunting Party
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Rendez-vous de chasse / Dictus Venationi Locus
Series/Book Title: Recueil Jullienne
Work Type
18th century
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Physical Descriptions

Engraving and etching
sheet: 47 × 62.5 cm (18 1/2 × 24 5/8 in.)
plate: 40.4 × 53.9 cm (15 7/8 × 21 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, left: A. Watteau pinxit.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, right: Aubert. Sculp.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, left and right: RENDEZ-VOUS DE CHASSE. / Gravé d'Après le Tableau original Peint par Watteau haut de 4. pieds, / sur 6. de large. // DICTUS VENATIONI LOCUS. / Scalptus juxta Exemplar à Watteavo depictum cujus altitudo 4 pedes, / latitudo 6 oequat.
  • inscription: in plate lower margin, centered: Ce tableau est dans le Cabinet de Mr.Racine du Jongnoy / a Paris avec privilégé 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 213

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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