National Gallery of Canada
Charles-Nicolas Cochin (the Younger)
Marquise de Pompadour in a Scene from « Acis et Galatée », 1749
Gouache over graphite with traces of pen and
brown ink on vory laid paper, with gold leaf paper border
A draftsman and engraver, Charles-Nicolas Cochin the Younger was a prolific illustrator who also took an active part in the administration of the arts under
Louis XV. This work is the only gouache the artist ever painted. Exquisitely executed,
it is the sole orginal work that bears witness to the amateur and private theatre flourishing at the King's court in Versailles between 1747 and 1750.