An image of The well-beloved mother

Jean Massard

(France 22 Aug 1740 – 16 Mar 1822)

after Jean-Baptiste Greuze

(France 1725 – 1805)

The well-beloved mother

Other titles:
The beloved mother
Location
Not on display
Further information

This rare print has particular value to the Gallery: it is closely connected with the Gallery's Greuze drawing 'The well-beloved mother' c.1770 which was presented by James Fairfax in 1999. This drawing is the model for the engraving. We know from archival documents that in 1772 Greuze signed an agreement with the engraver Massard to produce the print, although it was not published until 1775. Greuze insisted that the engraver not 'interpret' his drawing but copy it precisely and to size. This explains why the engraving and the drawing look nearly identical. As required by Massard's agreement, surviving impressions of the print bear on the verso the signatures of both the engaver and the painter.

Year
1775
Media
Print
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
54.3 x 66.0 cm sheet (trimmed within platemark)
Signature & date

Signed l.l. verso, pen and brown ink "Greuze" and l.l. verso, pen and brown ink "Massard". Not dated.

Credit
Annette Margaret Dupree Bequest Fund 2003
Accession number
8.2003