The Charmes of the Morning

A work made of pastel-manner engraving and etching in color, with gold leaf, on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of pastel-manner engraving and etching in color, with gold leaf, on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1777

Artist:

Louis-Marin Bonnet
French, 1736-1793

About this artwork

Louis-Marin Bonnet’s color-printing repertoire included these variations on the fashionable pastel portrait genre (1924.1308 and 1927.875). Softly layering multiple chalk-manner plates in colored inks, he completed the images with gold-leaf-accented frames. As the use of gold leaf was strictly regulated in France, Bonnet created an elaborate ruse: the English titles, sometimes misspelled, and printer’s address on the paper frame suggest that these prints were published in London, not Paris. Patently 18th century, with a hint of the boudoir, the resulting works closely resemble highly finished pastels.

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Artist

Louis-Marin Bonnet

Title

The Charmes of the Morning

Origin

France

Date

1777

Medium

Pastel-manner engraving and etching in color, with gold leaf, on ivory laid paper

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles Netcher in memory of Charles Netcher II

Reference Number

1927.875

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