LA NOURRICE Etching with aquatint in brown, made after his designs from Russia. ca. 1760.
1760. Single sheet laid paper, sheet size 180 x 210mm, plate size 177 x 206mm, trimmed along right margin and lower edge; somewhat browned with light wear to lower right corner. An evocative etching with aquatint in brown by Jean-Baptiste Le Prince (1734-1781), one of a number of images inspired by his five year stay in Russia between (1759-64). ‘La Nourrice’ was one of a suite of four images issued, including ‘Les Nouvellistes’, ‘Le Pont russe’ and ‘La Baraque russe’. We assume this to be an early state from this original issue of the suite.
The present etching was later included in the folio ‘Oeuvres’ issued by Bazan in 1782 and which included nearly 160 etchings and aquatints.
The painter and engraver Le Prince was a pupil of Boucher and Vien. He is credited with being the first artist to work in aquatint.