Johan Georg Wille - The Reader

Original eighteenth century engraving with the text (in French): THE READER. Dedicated to Mr. J.M. Osteri, Trader in Zurich, and Member of the Botanical Academy of Florence. By his Friend and Servant Wille. Engraved after the original painting of the same size in the cabinet of Monsieur de Jullienne, Chevallier of the Order of Saint Michael and honorary-amateur of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. Engraved by J.G. Wille Engraver of the King. An inscription below the image indicates that the original painting was the work of Dutch Golden Age artist Gerrit Douw (1613-1675). This painting is presently part of the Hermitage Museum collection in Saint Petersburg, Russia. A second inscription at the bottom reads: In Paris, at the Author’s (engraver’s), Quai des Augustins.

Artist: Johan Georges Wille (1715-1808).
Engraved in 176.
Medium: Line engraving on paper.
Condition: Very good.
Dimensions: 40 x 28 cm. / 15 ¾ x 11 in. (visible).
Frame: 47 x 35 cm. / 18.5 x 13 ¾ in. Good condition. Glass.
Origin: France.