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ID number:  BIRBI-39.6
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Lebas, Jacques-Philippe (1707-1783); after Chardin, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon (1699-1779)
Title / Object name:  Le Négligé
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  1741
Materials:  Engraving
Measurements:  Paper: 386 x 274 mm; mount: 630 x 515 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Messrs. P. & D. Colnaghi, 1939, purchased with 17 other prints for £173

Lebas’ print reproduces 'The Morning Toilette', painted by Chardin (1669-1779) in 1741. Many of Chardin’s pictures were of domestic interiors, scenes of childhood and maternal love, all of which were fashionable with 18th-century French audiences. Here, a young girl glances into a mirror. The mother slips a pin into the ribbon on her daughter’s bonnet in preparation to go out. A fur-lined muff lies on the stool alongside a Bible, which indicates that their destination is church. The extinguished candle and trailing smoke refer to the passing of time and, perhaps, the inevitable loss of the girl’s innocence.

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