Jean Marie Delattre After Peter Pasquin, A Set Of 18th-Century Etchings

Jean Marie Delattre After Peter Pasquin, A Set Of 18th-Century Etchings

This fine set of 18th-century etchings by Jean Marie Delattre (1746-1840) depict four dining tables, each with a set of items relating to a theme - Penury (poverty), Choice, Frugality and Necessity. They’re cleverly done and abundant with symbolism.

In ‘Choice’, we’re confronted with a pleasant dilemma - add lemon or sugar? While in ‘Penury’, the scene is bleak with scraps of food and broken pots. ‘Necessity’ depicts a table crammed with medicine (and an ominous pocket watch). And ‘Frugality’ focuses on the simple meal of a worker.

Delattre produced the etchings after works by Peter Pasquin and they were published in 1796 by James Birchall.

All four are framed and ready to hang.

Learn more about Jean Marie Delattre in our directory.

Medium: Etchings with aquatint on paper
Overall size: 17” x 15½” / 43cm x 39cm
Year of creation: 1796
Condition: Artwork presents well. A few light marks due to handling. Minor yellowing.

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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