The Wallace Collection

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Gallant Scene
  • Niclas Lafrensen (1737 - 1807)
  • Gallant Scene
  • France
  • probably mid 1780s
  • Painting
  • Grey wash, bodycolour and watercolour on paper
  • Image size: 16.9 x 11.9 cm
  • Inscription: Lawrence/peintre suedois
  • P772
  • Not on display
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • The drawings is typical for Lafrensen's work of the 1780s. His work as a genre painter was based on earlier depictions of Fêtes galantes but transformed them into more openly erotic, often hands-on scenes. This drawing is a good example in the way the couple is shown as not just flirting but also touching. Lafrensen usually stressed a narrative, erotically charged element in his genre scenes.
    The drawing was originally backed with a sheet printed with the schedule of coaches from Paris, dated 7 August 1775, 17 August 1776 and 23 January 1777, and inscribed on the reverse: lawrence/peintre suedois.