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Le Carnaval by Philibert Louis Debucourt

Amusing 1810 Engraving by Philibert-Louis Debucourt of a carriage full of celebrants in a carnival parade.

Copies of this engraving can be found in the collections of the Musee Carnavalet in Paris and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C..

Medium: Etching on paper
Dimensions:  29 × 40 cm (image) 37.5 × 47.5 cm (sheet)
Condition: As shown – Some spotting and toning. Rough outer edges of sheet / Provenance – Library of the Chateau d’Hauteville – cut to edge of plate on bottom

Philibert-Louis Debucourt
13 February 1755 – 22 September 1832

The French painter and engraver Philibert-Louis Debucourt was born in Paris in 1755 and produced often lightly satirical of scenes of French fashionable life in aquatint, or multi-plate color prints combining aquatint with line engraving.  He lived for over a decade in an apartment at the Louvre, and often cited that address on his prints. In addition to etchings based on his own drawings, he also made aquatints after Carle Vernet.