Artist Antoine Watteau, French, 1684-1721
Collaborator Charles Louis Simonneau, French, 1645-1728
Title
  • Les habits sont italiens
  • The Italian Performing Group (alternate title)
Date early 18th century
Medium etching and engraving printed in black ink on laid paper
Dimensions Plate: 12 × 8 3/8 inches (30.5 × 21.3 cm)
Sheet: 18 5/8 × 12 1/2 inches (47.3 × 31.8 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. James E. Scripps
Accession Number 09.1S1240
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Marks Watermark, along lower left edge: [illegible partial letters]
Stamp in black, verso: [partially illegible]
Inscriptions Inscribed, in plate, lower left: Peint et Grave a l'eau forte par Watteau et
Inscribed, lower right: retouche au burin par Simonneau l'aine.
Inscribed, in plate, center lower margin: [eight-line poem by Gacon] Les habits son Italiens, | Les airs françois, et je parie | Que dans ce vrays comediens | Git vne aimable tromperie || Et qu'Italiens et françois | Riant de l'humaine folie, Ils se moquent tout à la fois | De la france et de l'italie
Inscribed, center lower edge of plate: A Paris chez F. Chereau rue" St. Jacques aux 2 pilliers d'Or. C.P.G.
August 1891, (F. Meder, Berlin, Germany);
purchased by Mrs. James E. Scripps (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1909-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)