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Wedding Festivities at the Château, 1789

Philibert-Louis Debucourt
French, 1840 - 1926
etching and engraving, printed in colour, on laid paper
Printed by Imprimerie Chapuis
56.8 x 41.4 cm; plate: 39.4 x 29.3 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada (no. 15293)

This work is the pendant of Debucourt's "The Bride's Minuet" of 1786, also presented here. In the "Journal de Paris" of 14 April 1789, where the publication of "Wedding Festivities at the Château" was advertised, one could already anticipate the commercial success that the image, with its romantic subject, would achieve: "This print is appealing for its tone, costumes, and layout; it seems to be made to please the public."

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