The Lunch at Ferney

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

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Date:

1775

Artist:

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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Artist

Louis-Joseph Masquelier

Title

The Lunch at Ferney

Origin

France

Date

1775

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

158 × 191 mm (plate); 203.5 × 244 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.2367

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