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French Color Print
1792

"La Promenade Publique" by P.L. Debucourt
Like many of his works, this color etching and aquatint by Philibert-Louis Debucourt offers a lively impression of French society during the exciting--and turbulent--times of the Revolution. Debucourt, a French painter experimented with color prints beginning in the 1780s. He reproduced his own compositions as well as the works of other artists. To print his images, he used a sequence of separate coper plates, each inked in specific colors.

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Philibert-Louis Debucourt (1755-1832)
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Learn more!
· Printmaking (engraving, etching, aquatint)
· "Jacques-Louis David: Stage Manager of the Revolution" by Elizabeth Wilson, "Smithsonian" magazine, August 1998
· Building a National Collection: 150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian

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