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The Toilette of Psyche.

After Raphaël by A. Legrande [le Grande]. The Toilette of Psyche. "La Toilette de Psiché." Paris "chez Bance, ainé, rue St Denis." C1790-1800.
Black and white stipple engraving of the Toilette of Psyche by Augustin Legearde after Rapaël. Title and text in French
The engraving shows Psyche with her attendents, It is attributed to Raphaël, but is more likely inspired by him and his famous frescoes of the Loggia di Psiche in the Villa Farnesina (1517-18) .
Psyche's beauty caused the jealousy and envy of Aphrodite In order to avenge herself, the goddess ordered Eros to inspire Psyche with a love for the most contemptible of all men: but Eros was so stricken with her beauty that he himself fell in love with her. He accordingly conveyed her to some charming place, where he, unseen and unknown, visited her every night, and left her as soon as the day began to dawn. Dark impression; light toning; scattered light spotting.

The name "A. Legrand" appears as the engraver of the works of artists such as Jean-Louis Prévost, Fragonard and E. Aubry. A. Legrand was probably Auguste-Claude-Simon Legrand (1765-1815) a French engraver, who produced prints of religious and literary subjects, views and portraits. He was a pupil of Louis le Grand.
405 by 473mm (16 by 18½ inches).   ref: 2688  €500

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