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An image of Marie Antoinette by Jean-François Janinet, after Jean-Baptiste-André Gautier-Dagoty

Jean-François Janinet

(France 1752 – 01 Nov 1814)

after Jean-Baptiste-André Gautier-Dagoty

(France 1740 – 1786)

Marie Antoinette
Media category
Materials used
colour etching and engraving, printed in yellow, blue, red and black inks from four plates

41.0 x 32.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 2006
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Janinet created this portrait of Queen Marie Antoinette of France, shown here at the age of 21, from four separate printing plates, each inked in either red, yellow or black. Janinet was a pioneer of colour printing in the 1770s. In this print he was trying to simulate the appearance of a pastel drawing by printing the multiple plates in different colours. The ornamental frame was printed on a separate sheet: the portrait print was then cut into an oval and glued into the printed frame.

Bibliography (4)

Victor I Carlson and John W Ittmann, Regency to Empire. French printmaking 1715-1814, 1984. 66

Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Colorful impressions: the printmaking revolution in eighteenth-century France, 2003. 39

Steve Meacham, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Portrait of Marie Antoinette is more than just a pretty face', Sydney, 07 Jun 2006, (colour illus.).

Baron Roger Portalis and Henri Béraldi, Les graveurs du dix-huitième siècle, Paris, 1880. no. 132

Exhibition history (2)

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014