"WATTEAU, (Anthony,) born at Valenciennes in 1684. Luckily for his fortune and fame, he proved successful by painting balls, masquerades, and pastoral subjects, in which he led the fashion. He made the colouring of Rubens and Van Dyck always his models. He finished with a free and flowing pencil, a pleasing tone of colour, a neat and spirited touch, and a correct design. The figures which he introduces have a peculiar grace in the airs of the heads; their actions are easy and natural, and they are always agreeably and skillfully disposed. The colouring of his landscapes is lively; by the variety of fancy in his inventions, and the exquisite charm of his pencilling and colouring, he reconciles us to his subjects--the display of theatrical prettinesses and artificial graces." No. 31.--A MASQUERADING SCENE.--Ten figures in the foreground; a beautiful specimen of the master. [P. 30.]
Catalogue of the Pictures Forming the Collection of the Works of the Old Masters now Being exhibited at the Gallery of the National Academy of Design in Broadway. 1849. New-York: George F. Nesbitt, Stationer and Printer, corner of Wall and Water Streets. 1849.