Renée Élisabeth MARLIÉ-LEPICIÉ: The Four Elements, Represented by Young Boys
Engraving, about 247 x 160 mm each. Portalis and Beraldi p. 662.
Pleasant and very rare complete series of four plates engraved after Edme Jeaurat.
Generally in very good condition. Light brown stain from an old paper tape visible top and right on the reverse of the sheets and showing slightly through on two plates. Good margins (sheets: about 320 x 215 mm each).
Provenance: ex collection Count Octave de Behague (1827/1828-1879) (Lugt 2004), then Louis Galichon (1829-1893) (Lugt 1060). Their collection marks are printed on the reverse of each plate.
The section French School of the Eighteenth Century: pieces in black and in colour was deemed “the jewel of the collection” of prints belonging to Count Octave de Behague. That collection was scattered in 1877, in a sale in which Louis Galichon bought this series. It was then sold in Drouot between 4 and 9 March 1895, along with his important collection. The catalogue for the sale describes this series under number 616: “The Elements, represented by young boys. Series of four engravings by Éth-Marlie Lepicié. Beautiful impressions with margins. Rare.”
Renée Élisabeth Marlié-Lépicié was the wife of engraver François Bernard Lépicié and the mother of painter and engraver Nicolas-Bernard Lépicié.