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Plate for The Fish and the Fireworks, Fable Sixteen, in Fables Nouvelles, Dediées au Roy

Plate for The Fish and the Fireworks, Fable Sixteen, in Fables Nouvelles, Dediées au Roy

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Although he was not trained as a professional printmaker, Gillot found a robust market for his whimsical small-scale designs for book illustrations, which he often etched himself with remarkable fluidity. Here, he illustrates the opening lines of a fable by Antoine Houdar de La Motte in which fireworks set off from a large structure illuminate the night sky. The etching was included in La Motte's Fables nouvelles, dediées au roy, published by Gregoire Dupuis in 1719.
Lamotte-Houdar (French, 1672–1731)
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1719
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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