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'Recreation Flamande (Flemish Recreations)' from volume "Collection of Prints, Engraved from the finest paintings ... of the most celebrated collections in England and France" 1745

IU, unbound volume signed b.l. "D. TENIERS"; inscr. b.l. "D. Teniers pinxit."; inscr. b. r. "T.M. Sculp.1745" and "No 1."; inscr. b.c. "Recreation Flamande / Grave d'apres le Tableau Original, tire du Cabinet de Mr. Dingley / A Paris chez l'Auteur rue St. Jacques vis a vis les Charniers de St. Benoist." CRE MAJOR, Thomas; (English; c.1714-1799) AFTER TENIERS, David; (Flemish; 1610-1690) PUB MAJOR, Thomas; (English; c.1714-1799) Part of William Hunter's original bequest, this volume contains 44 prints after paintings primarily by Dutch and Flemish 17th century masters. The majority of the prints were etched by English engraver Thomas Major between 1744 and 1754. During this time Major studied in Paris under Jacques-Philippe Le Bas (1707-83), tutor to many of the century's best engravers, and on his return to England developed a reputation as one of the best engravers of his day. Hunter commissioned Major to engrave an anatomical drawing for him.
This print is the earliest of 17 prints after Teniers in the volume, etched in 1745 from a painting in the collection of the English philanthropist and collector Robert Dingley (c.1710-1781). It forms a pair with another etching on the same subject made the following year in Paris (Glaha 16921). Comparison of the two reveals the way in which Major's style began to develop under the guidance of Le Bas.
Dutch and Flemish genre paintings were very popular in France and England at this time and Le Bas, who excelled in capturing the spirit of these works, encouraged his pupils to make etchings after Teniers.