Robert Brichet

After Joseph François Von Götz

Robert Brichet

After Joseph François Von Götz

This late 18th-century engraving by French printmaker Robert Brichet (active 1775-90) is after a drawing by Joseph François von Götz (1754-1815) and formed part of ‘Exércices d'imagination de differens charactéres et formes’.

Joseph François von Götz was a lawyer, artist, illustrator, but primarily a careful observer of human behaviour. Upon the flourishing streets of Augsburg, Bavaria, he sketched its various colourful characters - from the bespectacled librarian, through to the flamboyant chevalier. Each figure gently satirised with a quiet noble wit.

Here, we see a pensive gentleman with hands clasped, perhaps immersed in a romantic tangle. Note the small sword, a fashionable addition rather than a dangerous weapon.

Famously, the first graphic novel is credited to the hand of von Götz. A series of 160 engravings describing his own play, Leonardo und Blandine (1783) - a melodramatic meandering of illicit love and murder.

Held in a contemporary glazed frame.

Learn more about Joseph François von Götz in our directory.

Medium: Engraving (red ink) on laid paper
Overall size: 11½” x 14½” / 30cm x 37cm
Year of creation: c. 1783
Condition: Artwork presents well with a few minor marks.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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