Title from letterpress title page.
Album of 586 prints mounted on 100 bound leaves, by and after Claude Gillot, including individually issued and published suites of prints, as well as published sets of Gillot etchings created to serve as book illustrations.
Watermarks are not discernible owing to the mounting of the plates on album leaves; the majority of the prints have been trimmed to the plate mark.
Individual prints and published suites of prints comprising this album have been cataloged separately.
Collection of 586 etched and engraved prints by and after Claude Gillot, including genre prints, theatrical subjects, calendar designs, and book illustrations, and several published sets of plates. Included are the series of 85 etchings for "Nouveaux desseins d'habillements à l'usage des balets, opéras, et comédies" and "Les comédiens Italiens", "Les quatre ages du Satyre", and "Testes de differents caracteres", executed by F. Joullain after Gillot; "Les passions des hommes exprimées par des satyres", by J. Audran after Gillot; Gillot's series of 60 designs depicting the life of Christ and etched by Gabriel Huquier entitled "Vie de Notre Seigneur Jesus Christ"; 17 etchings after drawings by Gillot by the Comte de Caylus, recorded by Populus under the title "Scènes humoristiques"; Gillot's "Scènes comiques du théâtre Italien", "La vie des satyres", "Les sabbats", "Les bacchanales, ou, Les quatre festes", "Les portraits d'acteurs", "Nouveaux desseins d'arquebuserie", and others; suites of book illustrations, including Gillot's etchings for Houdar de la Motte's "Fable nouvelles", present here in two suites, one for the quarto edition of 1719, the other for the duodecimo format, each containing many of the individual prints in two states; and impressions of individually issued prints, among them an impression of a mezzotint by Isaac Sarrabat after Gillot and a perpetual calendar illustrated by Gillot and engraved by C. Cochin. Of particular note are the presence of proof impressions recording unfinished etched states of Gillot's prints, as well as counterproofs and 4 touched proofs evidently bearing corrections in the hand of the artist.
Prints are pasted down onto recto of bound album leaves.
Album annotated by a former owner with catalog raisonne numbers and states assigned to plates by Bernard Populus in his "Claude Gillot (1673-1722) : catalogue de l'oeuvre gravé" (Paris : Société pour l'étude de la gravure française, 1930).