Les Fantaisies


Jacques Callot (1592-1635), Les Fantaisies, etchings, 12 from the set of 14, 1635. Reference: Lieure 1372-5, 1377-84, first states (of 2); the frontispiece second state (of 2). In excellent condition (the Lieure numbers had been written on each, now erased), with small/thread margins, printed on laid paper, each c. 2 9/16 x 3 3/8  inches.

Fine early impressions of these tiny figures, three to a sheet.  These first state impressions are each before the numbers which were added to the lower right.

According to Lieure, in each of these prints Callot depicts the “dames, les seigneurs et les cavaliers du regne de Louis XIII.” They are drawn in a line, with all the grace and character of the figures that Watteau would paint a half-century later.