Chalk manner etching and engraving printed in red
Support: Medium weight French laid paper with proprietary watermark
Sheet: 46.9 x 33.1 cm (18 7/16 x 13 1/16 in.); Platemark: 44.2 x 30.6 cm (17 3/8 x 12 1/16 in.)
James Parmelee Fund 2009.16
Catalogue raisonné: Hérold 13
Although this scene of a nude woman lounging in her bedchamber appears to be drawn with red chalk like the drawings by Greuze and Boucher nearby, it is actually a printed image. Chalk-manner etchings and engravings are made using special punches and rollers with teeth of various sizes set at irregular intervals to re-create the natural granular effects of chalk lines drawn on textured paper.
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