Philibert Debucourt (1765-1832)

The engraver Debucourt earned much success with prints like “The Two Kisses” in which the cunning face of a woman, the peaceful face of her father as an old man and the amiable head of a youthful lover were contrasted.


His “Promenade du Palais-Royal” – 1787 comes from the tradition of Lavater. In this engraving, the bypassers become the symbol of types such as the blase, the hedonist, the libertine and gallant woman.

The titles of these engravings are often both in French and English engraved to ensure sales in the country of Rowlandson and Gillray and also take advantage of the reputation of the British cartoonists, who were very in fashion at that time in Paris.


Debucourt- Promenade detail
Promenade du Palais Royal
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