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Woman in fancy dress and coat sits in the center of landscape looking at the viewer with raised eyebrows.

The fair-skinned woman has light curly hair, ribboned cap tilts to the right, satin coat with buttons is cinched at the waist, the dress also has a silky sheen to it. She sits under an old leafy tree branch, vines and plant growth around, an open cloudy sky on the right. At her elbow on the left a hare and pheasant hang upside down from a branch, a long gun resting behind. On the right, her hand rests on a dog’s head pawing towards her lap. A second hairy dog sits at her knee, lower right, looking right.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Benoît Audran the Younger, French (Paris 1700 - 1772 Paris)
After Jean-Antoine Watteau, French (Valenciennes 1684 - 1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
Return from the Hunt
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Retour de chase / Venations Reditus
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: 44.6 × 34 cm (17 9/16 × 13 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: No
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, left: A. Watteau pinxit.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, right: B. Audran Scul
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, right and left: RETOUR DE CHASSE / Gravé d'Apres le Tableau original de Watteau haut / de 2. pieds 4. pouces et Large 1. pied 10 pouces. // VENATIONIS REDITUS / Scalptus juxta Exemplar à Watteavo Depictum cujus altitudo / 2. pedes cum 4 unciis et latitudo 1. pedum cum 10. continet.
  • 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 19

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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First state before the title was corrected

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