COCHIN, Charles-Nicolas I
(b. 1688, Paris, d. 1754, Paris)

The Dress Ball Given in Honour of the Dauphin's Wedding

1746
Engraving
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

Despite periods of financial crisis, the output of engravings and tapestries, as well as wall and ceiling paintings, never ceased, recording images of the monarchy's ceremonies and festivities in a noble, allegorical style. Under Louis XV, Charles-Nicolas Cochin the Younger, son of Watteau's engraver, was specifically appointed Drawer-Engraver of the Revels, and with his father published the large plates of the Dauphin's wedding before going on to occupy a leading position at the Academy of Painting.