BERNY DE NOGENT (Pierre-Jean-Paul)

La belle allemande.

Francfort, 1761.

(270 x 214 mm); slight transfer from an earlier engraving.

Superb calligraphic engraving by master writer Pierre-Jean-Paul Berny de Nogent (1722-1779), engraved in Frankfurt by Jakob Conrad Back.
It is one of 12 engravings in the rare Atlas de portraits et figures de traits et entrelacs à la plume (Frankfurt, 1761), the master writer's only engraved collection.

Germany, as fertile as France in amateurs of all kinds, is the theater where I present the pieces of my pen [...]. My works with a pen, having made me known in several German courts, and to various princes & lords whom I have had the honor of teaching in the Art of writing, & the success with which I have trained several pupils having established my reputation, I will not flaunt my talents in this genre [...],” states Berny de Nogent in the introduction to his Atlas.


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