Abraham Bosse (1602-1676)

[Antique print, etching and engraving] The Surgeon (Set title: Les Métiers – Trades) (De chirurg), published ca. 1635.

Published in Paris by Jean Leblon between 1632-1635, the set featured seven plates representing seven different trades (the doctor, the owner of a tavern… ). Four columns of French text below.

Signed within plate on the bottom right: “A. Bosse in fé”, addressed at the bottom: “A Paris Chez le Blond avec Privilege du Roy.”

Great is the amount of details. The gaze of the beholder is soon kidnapped by the gorgeous gowns of the characters, from the surgeon to the young maid on the left. In the background on the left, an opened window shows houses on the street. On the wall are two portraits, with the dates: 1635 and 1632. Below a large river landscape; the rest of the wall is covered with tapestries. The decorative frame of the print recalls the decoration of the tapestries. A cat and a dog are sitting next to each other. Behind the figures on the right, is a fictive wall with two vases atop. Above, also a lute is visible.

Etching and engraving on paper, trimmed close to plate (on the top especially): tot: 270 x 365 mm; state II (?)/2; the print is backed with Japanese paper, as reinforcement. On the top margin a small repaired hole. Some smudges due to handling, light foxing overall; in good condition.

Incl. BTW  726,00

Excl. BTW  600,00

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