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   France’s Sentimental View of Russia’s Demi-Monde

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  Jean-Baptiste Le Prince (1734–1781)
Divers ajustements et usages de Russie [Various Modes of Dress and Customs of Russia]
[Paris, 1775?]
NYPL, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, Print Collection

From 1757 to 1762, the French artist and engraver Jean-Baptiste Le Prince lived in Russia and traveled widely through cities and villages sketching the life of the common people, including the fishmonger shown here. Although his compositions combine refined drawing with accuracy of detail, Le Prince’s pictures of everyday life betray a strong sentimentality.