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Thursday 17 November 2022

Laurent Cars’ engraving, “Sébastien Bourdon”, 1733, after Hyacinthe Rigaud

Laurent Cars (1699–1771)

Sébastien Bourdon”, 1733, after Hyacinthe Rigaud (aka Hyacinthe Rigau y Ros; Híacint Francesc Honrat Mathias Pere Martyr Andreu Joan Rigau; Hyacinthe François Honorat Mathias Pierre André Rigaud) (1659–1743), a later impression published in Paris with the blind stamp of the Chalcographie du Louvre (fl. 1797–).

The Curator of the British Museum offers the following insight about this print: “As stated by the inscription, the plate was Cars's 'Morceau de réception' at the Académie. Bourdon died in 1671, so Rigaud's portrait was posthumous, and was adapted by him in a drawing made for the engraver. A related drawing is in the Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main (Inv. No.1067)” (

Engraving on buff coloured laid paper with watermark and blind stamped with the seal of the Chalcographie du Louvre at lower centre.

Size: (sheet) 49.7 x 36.7 cm; (plate) 38.3 x 26.6 cm; (image borderline) 36.3 x 24.7 cm.

Lettered in plate within the image borderline: (lower centre) “fait par H. Rigaud”; (lower left-of-centre) “SEBASTIEN BOURDON/ de Monpellier Peintre ordinaire du Roy, Recteur en son/ Academie de Peinture et de Sculpture/ Gravé par Laurent Cars pour sa reception a l'Academie en 1733”

IFF 34; LeBlanc 24; Firmin-Didot 100.

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed (near faultless) impression with generously wide margins in near pristine condition (i.e., there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing).

I am selling this masterwork of engraving showing the French painter, Sébastien Bourdon (1616–1671), grandly sporting a spiralling robe framed by an octagonal stone window with the tools of his craft surrounding him, for AU$304 (currently US$204.64/EUR197.17/GBP171.93 at the time of posting this print) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in this gloriously Baroque portrait of one of the founders of the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture and the court painter to Queen Christina of Sweden, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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