1752 - 01 Nov 1814
after Jean-Baptiste-André Gautier-Dagoty
1740 - 1786
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.
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.
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 4 publications
Victor I Carlson and John W Ittmann, Regency to Empire. French printmaking 1715-1814, 1984. cat.no. 66
Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Colorful impressions: the printmaking revolution in eighteenth-century France, 2003. cat.no. 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