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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Charles Nicolas Cochin l’ainé, French (Paris 1688 - 1754 Paris)
After Jean-Antoine Watteau, French (Valenciennes 1684 - 1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
Love at the French Theater
Other Titles
Original Language Title: L'Amour au Théâtre François
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: 42.7 × 50.3 cm (16 13/16 × 19 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, left: Watteau pinx.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, right: C. N. Cochin Sculp.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, centered: L'AMOUR AU THÉÂTRE FRANÇOIS
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, left and right: L'amour badine en France; il se montre au grand jour; / Il ne prend point de masque, il parle sans détour; / Il vit dans les festins, avec plaisirs il s'aillie. // C'est une liberté que le noeud qui nous lie, / Nous servons sans contraire & Bachus & l'Amour / Et nos tristes Voisins nous taxent de folie. / Mr. Roy.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, centered: Gravé de la même grandeur du Tableau original du cabinet de Mr. de Rosnel. / Se vend a Paris, chez la Ve. Chereau, rue St. Jacques, au deux pilliers d'Or, et chez Gautrot, quay de la Meggiserie a la Ville de Rome 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 270

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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