Philibert-Louis Debucourt

Philibert-Louis Debucourt, Le Café Ambulant, etching and aquatint, 1821

Le Café Ambulant

Fenaille 494

etching and aquatint, exceptionally with contemporary hand coloring ("à la poupée" according to Maurice Fenaille), 1821, on medium-heavy wove paper, a very fine impression of the second state (of two), with small margins, the upper margin split and reinforced along the plateline, some slight overall soiling and mat-staining on the verso, otherwise in quite good condition

P. 298 x 389 mm  S. 315 x 400 mm. 

Originally admittted under the Ancien Regime to the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture in 1774, and a master of color printmaking with hundreds of works to his credit, Philibert-Louis Debucourt (1755-1832) was something of a survivor, who continued making prints throughout the French Revolution and well into the Bourbon Restoration.

His long-standing comittment to chronicling/satirizing his often tumultuous times is evident here.  This is one of his original compositions from the Restoration, showing a representative cross-section of city life, gathering around an itinerant coffee stand.

The present impression, with contemporary hand coloring, is quite rare; those we have seen in public collections are regularly monochrome. *

* Cf. the impression from the Rothschild Collection in the Musée du Louvre 

as well as that of the Clark Art Institute