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Recueil D'Estampes D'Aprés Les Tableaux Des Peintres Les Plus Celebres D'Italie, Des Pays-Bas Et De France, Qui sont à Aix dans le Cabinet de M. Boyer d'Aguilles, Procureur Général du Roy au Parlement de Provence, Gravées Par Jacques Coelemans D'Anvers, Par les soins, & sous la direction de Monsieur Jean-Baptiste Boyer d'Aguilles Conseiller au même Parlement. Avec une Description de chaque Tableau, & le caractere de chaque Peintre.

RA Collection: Book

Record number

05/2650

Imprint

A Paris,: Chez Pierre-Jean Mariette, ruë Saint Jacques, aux Colonnes d'Hercule., M.DCC.XLIV.

Physical Description

[4], 22 p., [58] pl. (on 50 sheets) (pl. [31], [32] are double), [60] pl. (on 49 sheets) (five dble.); 525 mm.

General Note

The two sequences of plates do not themselves carry numbers, but are assigned numbers in the 'Description Des Estampes Gravées'.

Contents

[T.p.] - Avertissement - Description Des Estampes Gravées ... Premiere Partie. I(-LVIII). Seconde Partie ... I(-LX). - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

All plates are signed with the name of the source-artist (apart from the first plate in each sequence, which the Description states to be after drawings by M. d'Aguilles). All are signed as engraved by J. Coelemans - apart from plates [16] and [36] in Part One and pl. [55] in Part Two, which are signed with an asterisk, which the Avertissement explains as indicating that they were engraved by M. d'Aguilles himself, and plates [42] and [43] in part Two, which are signed as engraved by S. Barras. The title-page vignette is unsigned.

References

A. Schnapper, Curieux du grand siecle: collections et collectionneurs (1994); W.M. Johnson, 'From Verrue to Vence: systematic engraving of private painting collections in France to 1760', in Gazette des beaux-arts, 117 (1991), p.77-92.

Summary Note

The Avertissement states that after ten or twelve years' work the plates had been completed in 1709 but had not been published for unspecified reasons; and indeed almost half the plates signed by Coelemans carry dates, ranging from 1696 to 1708. Section titles are provided by the first plates in either sequence; the first reading 'Premiere Partie Des Tableaux Du Cabinet De Msre I.B. Boyer Seigneur D'Aguilles, Ste Foy, Argens, Et Taradel, Coner Au Parlement De Provence. Gravez Par Seb. Barras et Iac. Coelemans. a Aix', the second reading, 'Tableaux De Mo Boyer Seconde Partie'. The title, speaking of the 'Cabinet de M. Boyer d'Aguilles, Procureur Général du Roy au Parlement de Provence' and of the 'direction de Monsieur Jean-Baptiste Boyer d'Aguilles Conseiller au même Parlement', seems to refer to two different persons. The British Library catalogue identifies 'M. Boyer d'Aguilles, Procureur Générale' with Pierre Jean de Boyer, marquis d'Argens. The Avertissement states that M. d'Aguilles, 'cet illustre Magistrat', who formed the collection and commissioned Coelemans to engrave it, died in 1709 - but the Description of the portrait in pl. 60 of Part II speaks of a 'Pierre Jean Boyer, Seigneur d'Aguilles, Marquis d'Argens' as 'Conseiller au Parlement de Provence en 1709. & Procureur Général Du Roy au même Parlement en 1717'. The plates of Part One show a drawing by M. d'Aguilles and paintings by Italian or Netherlandish painters - Raphael, Andrea del Sarto, Correggio, Parmegianino (' Le Parmesan') (2 pl.), Giuseppe Cesari, Titian, Veronese (2 pl.), A. Varotari ['Padovanino'], Tintoretto (2 pl.), J. Bassano, Ann. Carracci (2 pl.), Guido Reni (3 pl.), Guercino, L. Cardi 'Le Civoli' [Cigoli] (2 pl.), F. Vanni, Caravaggio (3 pl.), Ribera, Luc Cangiage [Cambiaso], G.Benedetto Castiglione 'Benedette' (4 pl.), V. Castelli [Castello], F. Borzoni [Borzone], P.F. Mola, J.F. Romanelle [G.F. Romanelli], C. Maratte [Maratti], M. Cerquozzi, M. Nuzzi, François le Maltois [Francesco Fieravino] (2 pl.), O. Venius [O. van Veen], Rubens (3 pl.), Van Dyck, J. Bronchorst, Finsonius [Finson], D. Teniers, J. Miel, G. Netscher, C. Poelembourg [Poelenburgh], H. Steenwyck [Steenwijck], G. Calf [Kalf], De Somme, J. Fouquier [Fouquieres], R. Immenraet (2 pl.). The plates of the second part show a drawing by Boyer d'Aguilles and paintings by French artists - Valentin [de Boulogne], N. Poussin, (3 pl.), S. Bourdon (8 pl.), G. Dughet, E. Le Sueur, N. Loir (3 pl.), N. Pinson, P.P. Puget (2 pl.), Claude Spierre, Bigot, Duval (2 pl.), Creté, J. Ruel, Claude Vignon, S. Barras, Francisque Milet (4 pl.), A. van der Cabel ((5 pl.), J.B. Forest, N. Baudesson (2 pl.), Renaud [de la] Montagne (2 pl.), R. Lafage (12 pl.) - concluding with five Boyer family portraits, by [anon.], Finson, Le Grand, H. Rigault [Rigaud] and J. Celloni. The Avertissement characterises Coeleman's manner as especially effective in representing paintings 'bien colorez, ou entendus de clair-obscur'. Good examples of this may be seen in part II plates [2] (Valentin de Boulogne's St Sebastian) and [36] (Adriaan van der Cabel's Trois Chevres).

Provenance

The title page is inscribed in pencil, 'Beqt. of P. Hoare Esqre.' (Prince Hoare Bequest, 1835-1836).

Copy Note

The two sequences of plates have been numbered by hand in ink.

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'Estampes Du Cabinet De Boyer D'Aguilles'.

Name as Subject

Subject

Paintings, European - Landscapes (representations) - 16th century - 17th century
Collections - France - Provence - Aix-en-Provence - 17th century - 18th century
Catalogues - France - 18th century
Pictorial works - France - 18th century

Contributors

Jacobus Coelemans, engraver
Pierre-Jean Mariette, publisher
Jean Baptiste Boyer marquis d'Aguilles
Raymond de Lafage, source artist
Sébastien Bourdon, source artist
Prince Hoare, previous owner, donor
Sebastien Barras, engraver
Adriaan van der Cabel, source artist
Valentin de Boulogne, source artist