Engraving of the Commedia dell'Arte character "Mezzetin' playing a 5 double-course guitar. Executed after the ca. 1718 painting by Watteau held at the Wallace Collection, London. GUITAR - 18th Century - French, Sinon Thomassin.

Engraving of the Commedia dell'Arte character "Mezzetin' playing a 5 double-course guitar. Executed after the ca. 1718 painting by Watteau held at the Wallace Collection, London

Paris: Sirois.

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.

Item #37149

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