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Claude-Henri Watelet (28 August 1718 – 12 January 1786) was a rich French fermier-général who was an amateur painter, a well-respected etcher, a writer on the arts and a connoisseur of gardens. Watelet's inherited privilege of farming taxes in the Orléanais left him free to pursue his avocations, art and literature and gardens. His Essai sur les jardins, 1774, firmly founded on English ideas expressed by Thomas Whately, introduced the English landscape garden to France, as the jardin Anglois. The sociable Watelet, who was born and died in Paris, was at the center of the French art world of his time.
Illustrations: Illustrations; Par M. Watelet ... & M. Lévesque ...
Signatures: A-E⁸.; Final leaf is blank.; Anonymous. By Claude-Henri Watelet.; Based on Torquato Tasso's 'Aminta'.; The imprint is false; printed for Prault in Paris (Barbier).; With an additional t.p., engraved.