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The Night

A work made of etching and engraving printed in yellow, blue, red, and black inks on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching and engraving printed in yellow, blue, red, and black inks on paper.

Date:

1795

Artist:

Charles-Melchior Descourtis
French, 1753-1820

About this artwork

Night falls as Paul and Virginie are returning from the plantation, and they stop, fatigued and hungry, with little hope of finding their way home. Suddenly, they hear the familiar barking of their dog Fidèle, and they see Domingue, one of the two enslaved people owned by their family, running anxiously toward them out of the woods. Domingue was sent to find the children by their concerned mothers, but on his way through the jungle he passed the plantation and learned of the fugitive woman’s dire fate.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Charles Melchior Descourtis

Title

The Night

Origin

France

Date

Made 1795

Medium

Etching and engraving printed in yellow, blue, red, and black inks on paper

Dimensions

375 × 412 mm (image); 420 × 470 mm (sheet, cut within platemark)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1926.482

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