Bouquets, or Grandmother’s Party by Philibert-Louis Debucourt (1788)
Grandmother’s party is popping with fashionable details: the little boy in a striped suit, the chubby cheeked toddler’s bonnet that matches maman’s, and Maman. The hedgehog hairstyle she’s sporting isn’t too hot, but how about the electric blue paired with a black lace and silk wrapper?
All in all the etching, dedicated to mothers, is a quaint family scene from an artist and social satirist who built up a body of work painting racier images. You may compare it with Debucourt’s 1787 companion piece that is dedicated to fathers.
The Compliment or New Year’s Morning by Philibert-Louis Debucourt (1787)
Susan Ardelie is the author of Shadow Fire Lady, the first book in the Incorporeal Lords series, a historical paranormal romance.
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