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The Lunch at Ferney

A work made of engraving on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.




Louis-Joseph Masquelier
French, 1744-1811

About this artwork

Long banished from official court functions, Voltaire continued entertaining his intellectual friends even into his twilight years. Here the artist Denon, who actively solicited an invitation from Voltaire, shows the philosopher as a doddering, toothless old man in his bedroom at his Ferney estate, near the Swiss border. Voltaire and Denon would later disagree about the arguably satirical intent of this scene and of another portrait by Denon. Nonetheless, the resulting engraving was prized by collectors. Thomas Jefferson purchased an impression during a visit to France and later presented it to his grandson-in-law as a wedding present.


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Prints and Drawings


Louis-Joseph Masquelier


The Lunch at Ferney


France (Artist's nationality)


Made 1775


Engraving on paper


Plate: 15.8 × 19.1 cm (6 1/4 × 7 9/16 in.); Sheet: 20.4 × 24.4 cm (8 1/16 × 9 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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