After Gerard Dou. “La Double Surprise.” Paris: J.F. Beauvarlet, 1750-1797. Engraving by Jacques Firmin Beauvarlet. 17 x 13 1/2. Narrow margins as issued. Very good condition.
A beautifully rendered print by noted French engraver Jacques Firmin Beauvarlet (1731-1797). Originally from Abbeville, Beauvarlet moved to Paris in 1750, becoming the graveur du roi in 1762. A young maid is caught by her employer in the cellar, where she is tasting some of the wine from a barrel, while at the same time the employer’s wife is coming in catching the two of them and raising a scolding finer. This humorous scene includes many interesting details, such as a mouse trap, all finely engraved by Beauvarlet.