Jean-François de Cailhava

Jean-François de Cailhava.This engraving from 1780, by Charles-Étienne Gaucher, noted for his portraits of court figures, is based on a drawing by André Pujos. It presents Cailhava in a standard academic pose; the verse compares him to Molière for his ability to combine "tone" and "mores" with commercial appeal. (Reproduced from the Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, N2, vol. 248)

Detail (706 x 1100)