DESCOURTIS, Charles-Melchior
(b. 1753, Paris, d. 1820, Paris)

Lover Surprised

1790s
Coloured aquatint, 462 x 370 mm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

This work was made after a painting by Jean Frederic Schall.

Descourtis was a pupil of Jean-François Janinet and, like him, specialized in the production of colour prints using aquatint and wash-manner. From the later 1790s he engraved numerous works after Jean-Frédéric Schall, notably the series of illustrations to Bernardin de Saint-Pierre’s novel Paul et Virginie (1788).