J.G Wille 1715-1808

Petit Physicien

For sale this very old and historical significant engraving by Jean Wille. This lovely engraving depicts a boy making soap bubbles looking through a window. The gravure is very scarce and belongs to the collection of the British Museum. 

Johann Georg Wille, born in Germany, moved later on in his life to France where he started his career as a very gifted copper engraver. He became very famous both in France as abroad, almost obtaining the status of a 18th century superstar. He became the house engraver for famous kings like Louis the 15th, Frederick the second and Frederick the Fifth of Denmark. Napoleon Bonaparte appointed him night of the Legion of Honor. In 1758, Jean was naturalized and became an French citizen. He won many prizes and acknowledgements of his whole Ouvre. Because Wille had many contacts in Europe, he left a ton of historical information behind when his correspondence was published after his death and bundled in book. Some historians described him as a “network entrepreneur”.

In his life Wille had many students, one of them being Sigmund Freudenberg. Works by him are also for sale here: Freudenberg, Lingee and Romanet

The prints measurements are 24,5 x 18 cm and the material is laid paper. Foxing is visible, soiling in the margins and some weak little spots. 

The text reads:

“Peint par Gaspar Netscher and “Gravé par J.G. Wille Graveur du Roi 1761″ a Monsieur Damery  Chevalier de l’Ordre Royal Milit.re de St. Louis  Par son très humble Serviteur Wille D’après le Tableau original de même  Grandeur qui est dans son Cabinet” and “à Paris chez l’auteur Quay des Augustins”.

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