Dec 27, 2005

Young Girl Holding a Bird

Young Girl Holding a Bird

Date unknown

Gilles Demarteau

(French, 1722–1776)

after Jean Baptiste Le Prince

(French, 1734–1781)

Chalk-manner etching and engraving

Sheet: 22.3 x 26.9 cm (8 3/4 x 10 9/16 in.); Platemark: 21.5 x 25.7 cm (8 7/16 x 10 1/8 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1927.335

Catalogue raisonné: Inventaire du Fonds Français XVIII.VI.413.255



In 1757 a printmaker named Jean-Charles François developed a printing technique to make facsimiles of chalk drawings. He perfected his method by inventing tools with toothed points of varying thicknesses set at irregular intervals and angles, imitating the random character of grains of chalk on textured paper. Demarteau adopted François's specialized implements to copy the chalk drawings of such well-known artists as Le Prince and François Boucher.

See also
PR - Chalk Manner
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