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Les Deux Amis de Bourbonne
  • Salomon Gessner
    1730–1788
    born: Zurich, Switzerland ; died: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Les Deux Amis de Bourbonne, 1773
  • Contes moraux et nouvelles idylles (Moral Tales and New Idylls)
  • Where object was made: Switzerland
  • etching, hand-touched with white lead, on tinted paper
  • Paper Type: blue-tinted wove on cream laid
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 166 x 126 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 266 x 197 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 6 9/16 x 4 15/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 10 1/2 x 7 3/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 11 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0172.01
Description
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A group of figures are arranged dramatically outside a small cottage in a densely wooded landscape. To the right, a man in knee breeches and a frock coat sits on the ground with his legs outstretched, clasping his hands to his breast and looking away from the center of the composition. At left, a woman reaches toward him over the body of a dead or unconscious man. Two young boys echo her gesture and a small girl cowers and covers her face. The image is printed on blue-tinted paper that has been closely trimmed and applied to cream laid paper within a printed frame.