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MOYREAU, Jean (1690--1762)
Oeuvres de Phpe. Wouvermens hollandois gravées d'après ses meilleurs tableaux qui sont dans les plus beaux cabinets de Paris et ailleurs dediées a son Altesse Serenissime Monseigneur le Comte de Clermont Prince du Sang par son tres humble serviteur I. Moyreau graveur du Roy 1737
A Paris chez Moyreau, 1737--[1808?].
Engr. frontis. port., engr. t.-pl., [108] pl. ; 44 x 58.7 cm. (fol.)

Engraved throughout, consisting of reproductions of paintings by Philips Wouwerman (1619--1668). The number of plates in copies of this collection is variable, mainly because it continued to grow in a more or less ad hoc way long after the death of the principal engraver and publisher, Jean Moyreau. His imprint line appears on the first 89 plates, dated between 1733 and 1762 and regularly numbered 1--89, pl. 25 serving as the title-plate. Brunet cites copies containing 97, 129 and 202 plates; the University of California's has 101. In addition to pl. 1--89, the Soane copy has (a) six plates numbered 90--95 with the Paris imprint of F. Cheyreau's widow; (b) one plate numbered in MS. 96 with the Amsterdam imprint of P. Fouquet jun.; (c) one plate numbered 97 with the Paris imprint of Cheyreau fils; (d) three plates numbered in MS. 98--100 with no imprint (two of them before letters); (e) a folding plate of 'Le Manége' numbered '3', engraved and published 'A Londres' by Thomas Major; and (f) eight smaller, mounted plates (some cropped to the image border) with various signatures and imprints, one dated 'A. Bartsch sculpt 1808' and signed 'A Mannheim chez Dom: Artaria'. A portrait of Wouwerman engraved by N. Dupuis after Cornelis de Visscher, with the imprint of Huquier, Paris, is bound as a frontispiece.

Copy Notes Purchased for 55 guineas from John Weale, who sent it to Soane for his first refusal on 31 August 1825 and agreed to hold it at the 'lowest price' on 9 September 1825. (Spiers Box, Miscellaneous folder 10; Archive 7/4/47).

Binding C19th orange goatskin over wooden sides, both covers with elaborate gilt-tooled border composed of fillets, three floral rolls, and one fern roll (repeated), all edges filleted, thin-thick-thin gilt-ruled turn-ins gilt-tooled spine, green leather spine-label lettered 'Oeuvres/ De/ Wouverman', gilt edges, azure double head-and tail-bands

Reference Number 2837


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