Louis-Marin Bonnet "Mars et Venus" rare crayon engraving, 1772
Medium: engraving in the Crayon Manner (also know as the Chalk Manner). This rare and beautiful engraving by Louis-Marin Bonnet employed a technique used before the advent of lithography, using three plates (black, red chalk and white chalk) to achieve the soft and subtle effect of a chalk drawing. Size: 17 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (image); not including margins. Printed in Paris in 1772.
Condition: there is a small repair to the margin and a few areas of minor wear and creasing to the paper; one spot of foxing to the left of the image and a mat stain (in good condition overall for its age).