304 x 205 mm. On light laid paper.
Mezzetin is depicted three-quarter length, surrounded by two female and two male figures.
An early impression. Davier & Vuaflart 131a.
"The central figure is dressed as the commedia dell'arte character Mezzetin, the rascally valet and musician. The existence of a drawing for his head, inscribed 'Syroie,' suggests that it is also a portrait of Watteau's friend the dealer Pierre Sirois (1665-1726). Watteau may thus be making a witty reference to Sirois's own unpredictable nature. The mixture of theatrical and contemporary costumes adds an additional note of ambiguity; like Shakespeare, Watteau saw the illusion of the theatre and the deception of the real world as interchangeable." Website of The Wallace Collection.
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