Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarhais

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. This image of Beaumarchais in the style of an academic portrait was engraved by Michon in 1784, as a potential frontispiece for the anticipated, luxury first edition of Beaumarchais's Mariage de Figaro. It is based on an engraving cut in 1773 by Augustin de St. Aubin, from a portrait drawn by Nicholas Cochin, as a frontispiece for his Mémoires contre Goezmann. This image is reproduced from the BN Éstampes, N2, vol 125.