An image of Marie Antoinette

Jean-François Janinet

(France 1752 – 01 Nov 1814)

after Jean-Baptiste-André Gautier-Dagoty

(France 1740 – 1786)

Marie Antoinette

Location
Not on display
Further information

Janinet created this portrait of Queen Marie Antoinette of France, shown here at the age of 21, from four separate printing plates, each inked in either red, yellow or black. Janinet was a pioneer of colour printing in the 1770s. In this print he was trying to simulate the appearance of a pastel drawing by printing the multiple plates in different colours. The ornamental frame was printed on a separate sheet: the portrait print was then cut into an oval and glued into the printed frame.

Year
1777
Media
Print
Medium
colour etching and engraving, printed in yellow, blue, red and black inks from four plates
Dimensions
41.0 x 32.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 2006
Accession number
53.2006