Pair of calligraphic watercolor portraits of a French couple signed and dated 1791.
Fine pair of calligraphic profile portraits that are watercolor and ink on paper and signed and dated 1791 by Jean-Joseph Bernard a French master writer who lived between 1740 and 1809.
19-1/8 x 13 inches.
22" x 15" in the frames.
Jean-Joseph Bernard was a master writer of French 18th century, born in 1740 at Luneville, and died at Saint-Cloud in 1809.
Bernard was renowned for creating such profiles of aristocratic French personages in this period.
Provenance: W. Russell Button, Chicago, Illinois; Property of a Southern Gentleman, Atlanta, Georgia.
Bernard: portrait painter in pen: Musée du Château, Lunéville, Meurthe-et-Moselle (General inventory of monuments and artistic riches of France, Lorraine Regional Commission), ed. by Lucien Biot, photogr. by Daniel Bastien . Metz: ed. Serpenoise, 1994. 18 p., 23 cm.
James M. Wells, "The Academic Writing Bureau: a footnote to the history of French calligraphy", in Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America 51 (1951), p. 203-213.
Victor Advielle, records of calligraphers Bernard, said in Paris, and Bernard said of Melun, and the Chevalier de Berny, calligrapher and economist of the xviii th century . Paris: G. Rapilly, 1897. 8 °, 41 p. Extract from Meeting of the Societies of Fine Arts of the Departments, twenty-first session (April 20-24, 1897) (Paris: 1897) p. 155-187.
Thierry Franz, Jean-Joseph Bernard (1740-1809), a singular artist at the museum of the castle of Lunéville . In Le Pays lorrain 90 (March 2009), p. 19-24.
Claude Mediavilla . History of French calligraphy . Paris: 2006, p. 302-303 (with 5 illustrations).
Jérôme Peignot, From the stroke of a pen to counter-writing . Paris: J. Damase, (1983). 176 p., Ill.