Hunters Resting, 1777
Jean-Baptiste Le Prince
French, 1734 - 1781
brush and brown ink with brown wash over black chalk on cream laid paper, laid down on card
23 x 29.8 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 14500)
Jean-Baptiste Le Prince was an advocate of direct study from nature, and his work bears reminders of such pre-Romantic artists as Francesco Giuseppe Casanova and Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg. Here, diluted sepia ink applied touch by touch with a brush results in a highly detailed scene that resembles an "engraving in the wash manner," a technique that Le Prince invented.
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