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'Les Adieux (The Farewell)' from volume "Collection of Prints, Engraved from the finest paintings ... of the most celebrated collections in England and France"

IH, unbound volume inscr. b.l. "Ph. Wouvermans Pinxit."; inscr. b.r. "A. Laurent Sculp." and hand-written in ink "No 2."; inscr. b.c. "LES ADIEUX / Grave 'd'apres le Tableau Original de Ph. Wouvermena, de meme grandeur / Tire du Cabinet de Monsieur le Chevalier de la Roque. / a Paris chez Major rue S. Jacque vis a vis les Charniers de S. Benoist." CRE LAURENT, Andres; (English; 1708-1747) AFTER WOUWERMAN, Philips; (Dutch; 1619-1668) 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 who studied in Paris under Jacques-Philippe Le Bas (1707-83), tutor to many of the century's best engravers. Six were etched by Andre Laurent, another English engraver who trained and worked with Le Bas and with whom Major became friends. When Laurent died in 1747, Major bought his plates and brought them back to England.
This is one of four prints after Wouwerman in the volume, three by Laurent. Work by Wouwerman was held in some of the leading collections of Dutch and Flemish masters in both France and England. The title refers to the lady bidding goodbye to the child held by a nurse as she sets off with the hunt.
The painting belonged to French writer, collector and patron Chevalier Antoine de la Roque (1672-1744).