François NOBLESSE (Cahors 1652 - Paris 1730)
Saint Amond Preaching in a Wood, after Jacques Callot Sold
Pen and brown ink, with framing lines in brown ink. Backed. Signed -oblesse fecit. at the lower left.203 x 291 mm. (8 x 11 1/2 in.) [sheet]ENQUIRE
The present sheet is a faithful copy of an etching by Jacques Callot of c.1622-1625, which depicts Saint Amond, second bishop of Toul, preaching in a forest. (The forest, where the saint often retreated in penitence, can be identified as that at Saulxerotte, near Favières, south of Toul and a few kilometres southwest of Callot’s native town of Nancy.) Callot’s etching and Noblesse’s drawing are of similar dimensions.