La Précaution

Louis-Léopold Boilly

(La Bassée, 1761 - Paris, 1845)
Oil on canvas 29 x 19 cm (11 x 7.5 in.) Circa 1789-93

Our painting was engraved by Salvatore Tresca and his print forms part of a series of six pieces. The five others are: Jeune fille remettant sa jarretière, Jeune fille jouant avec un petit chien, La Solitude, L’Attention, L’amusement de la Campagne.

Print: inscribed lower left and right: L. Boilly pinxit. S. Tresca sculp., and inscribed La précaution lower centre. Stipple engraving, printed in colours, à la poupée with highlights.

Dated by Zuber and Bréton to the years 1789-1793, our composition will be included in the catalogue raisonné they are currently preparing.

Collection of the printmaker Salvatore Tresca (c. 1750-1815); Sale, Faucher, former préfet (Tresca, printmaker and others) Paris, 13 March 1815 and following days, postponed to 2-6 April 1816, no. 10 [c] (27.50 Frs.) (on the basis of a handwritten comment in the catalogue, acquired by Saint-Martin); Anonymous sale, Paris (Me Ader), 12-13 March 1934, no. 52 (attributed to Boilly with the title Le Rendez-Vous); Galerie Cailleux, Paris, after 1945; Galerie Bernard Rosenthal, Paris in 1951 from whom it was acquired on 11 July 1951 by M. Philippar; Private collection, Neuilly
Harrisse, Louis-Léopold Boilly, peintre, dessinateur et lithographe: sa vie et son œuvre (1761-1845), Paris, 1898, n° 449, p.124-125
John Stephen Hallam, The Genre Work of Louis Léopold Boilly, Ph.D dissertation, University of Washington, 1979, n°199, p. 18

Paris, Galerie Charpentier, Deux siècles d’élégance, 1951


HEIM Jean-François

"Old Master to XIX century Paintings and Drawings"

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