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Return of the Prodigal Son

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Return of the Prodigal Son

ca. 1775-1776
18th century
352 x 391 mm (13.9 x 15.4 in.)

Louis-Charles Gautier-Dagoty (aka Honore Louis Gautier-d’Agoty), French, (1746–after 1787)
After Guercino (aka Giovanni Francesco Barbieri), Italian, (1591–1666)

Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Color mezzotint printed in red, blue, and black inks with hand coloring on heavyweight wove paper
State: First of two states, without the added inscription plate identifying the artist
Print impression quality: Very good; off-register printing in right margins, retouched by hand
Edition: Rare; a black and white impression is in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, and a colored impression with retouching is in the Doucet collection
Bibliography: Franklin, Early Colour Printing (Oxford, 1977), p. 52 (photocopy in Print Reference Library); Anatomie de la couleur (Bibliothèque nationale de France, 1996), cat. no. 133; Singer, 2; Riggs, p. 296; Ellen G. D’Oench, Prodigal Son Narratives 1480–1980 (Yale University Art Gallery and Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, 1995), cat. no. 10, p. 10.
Credit Line: Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 1984
Accession Number: 1984.22.1

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  • plate Dimensions: 352 x 391 mm (13.9 x 15.4 in.)

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