Jacques Beauvarlet (1731-1797)

A wonderful PAIR of 18th c. FRENCH ENGRAVINGS in Period Frames, one of these is after a painting by François Boucher.


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The larger of the two prints is titled, L’arrivée du Courier (The Arrival of the Messenger), by master engraver Jacques Firmin Beauvarlet. This is after a painting by the great rococo artist, and court painter to King Louis XV, François Boucher. With its frame this measures approximately 18.5″ tall by 14.25″ wide.

L’Arivee du Courier is also among the archives of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 18th century prints collection.  This can be viewed on the Met’s website at:


In typical rococo style, L’Arrivée du Courier depicts a bucolic setting with sheep, lush foliage, flowers and an adorable little dog, in which a shepherdess waits to receive a love letter. The letter is a tiny note carried around the neck of a carrier pigeon.  The shepherdess features one of François Boucher’s favorite models, a young Irish woman named Marie-Louise O’Murphy. She was also a mistress to King Louis XV and the first occupant of the King’s private harem, which was known as Le Parc aux Cerfs. Conveniently for the King, his harem was located in Versailles!

The smaller print is an 18th c. French engraving titled, Le soleil est dans sa hauteur. With its frame the measurements are approximately 11″ tall by 8.5″ wide.

These original 18th c. French engravings are in very good condition, however their charming antique giltwood frames have small losses, including some losses to their bow-knot crests. We find these period frames to be very sweet, with their chips and losses.


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