Born at Valenciennes, A.D. 1684--died A.D. 1721, aged 57. This eminent painter studied under Claude Gillot, an artist who had acquired some celebrity as a painter of grotesques and subjects from the fable; but Watteau soon surpassed his instructor, and then studied the splendid works of Rubens, from which he acquired an admirable system of colouring, . . . DESCRIPTION. This beautiful little cabinet specimen, may be regarded as the chef d'oeuvre of this inimitable painter. It represents a pastoral scene, such as Lord Orford so admirably describes. The figures are Designed with finesse, and have the suppleness of nature. The colouring is fresh and splendid, and the tenderness of the carnations are equally admirable; and it may be said, that in this picture the National taste of the French prevails. This little gem is from the Collection of the Late Richard I.D. Ashworth, Esq. of England. [P. 31.]
A Catalogue of Italian, Flemish, Spanish, Dutch, French, and English Pictures; which have been collected in Europe and brought to this country by Mr. Richard Abraham, of New Bond Street, London, and are now exhibiting at the American Academy of Fine Arts. March, 1830. Admittance, forty cents. Children under twelve years, half price. Catalogues, twelve and a half cents. New York: Printed by R. & G.S. Wood, No. 265 Pearl Street.