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Production People
Etienne Delaune (Print made by)artist bio
Delaune, Etienne
b ?Paris, c. 1519; d Paris, 1583
Title / Description
Rhetoric, from a series of six ornament prints representing allegories of Sciences (R-D 340-45)
 
Date
before 1572-73
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
75 x 53 mm (sheet, trimmed)
Inscriptions
Titled 'RETORIQVE', inscribed and signed: 'CVM PRIVILEGIO REGIS STEPHANVS'
State
only state
 
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (not stamped)
 
References
Robert-Dumesnil IX.103.340 (only state) info
Alexandre P. Robert-Dumesnil, Le peintre-graveur francais, 11 vols., Paris 1835-71
 
Comment
As the royal copyright indicates, the series was engraved before Delaune's departure from France in 1572-73. Delaune engraved an almost identical set (R-D 346-351). The acanthus scroll bottom right in this print does not touch the border, while in the other version it does, and there is a dot on the letters 'I' in the inscription.
 
Inventory Number
50090
 
Classification
Prints: French: 16th century: Mounted I
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