Jacques Callot, The Fair at Gondreville, c. 1624-25

Artist: Jacques Callot (1592 - 1635)
Title:The Fair at Gondreville, c. 1624-25
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:13 1/4 in x 7 1/8 in (33.7 cm x 18.1 cm)
Sheet:13 1/4 in x 7 1/8 in (33.7 cm x 18.1 cm)
Framed:approx. 24 in x 18 in (61 cm x 45.7 cm)
Signature:Signed in the plate in the lower left 'Ja. Callot fe. Nanceij'
Condition:This work is in good condition; backed on a thick wove paper with vertical fold crease down the center and small tear to the lower left; trimmed along the plate mark.
ID #w-3781
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Historical Description

Depicting the splendor and joy that accompanies a fair, this work is filled with subtle details that contribute to its overall charm. At the center of a village, we witness its residents participating in jubilant activities. Figures join hands in the center and dance in a circle while others to the right climb a tree and play musical instruments. To the left, a few members of the community cook while, to the right, a man daydreams, lying against a wheelbarrow. A child holding a bag of apples is taunted by bullies while figures on horseback sit calmly, immersed in a crowd of conversers. Callot transports us into the scene, allowing us to share in the contagious merriment of this village fair. His ability to convey immense detail through delicate line work once more shines through. The figures are tiny in comparison to the overall scene, yet we grasp a distinct sense of their personalities based largely upon their gestural qualities. Callot accurately captures a sense of depth and perspective as the scene pans out into the far distance to the extent that we witness minute figures walking near the structures upon the horizon.

Created c. 1624 - 1625, this piece is signed in the plate in the lower left 'Ja. Callot fe. Nanceij.'


1. Schroder, Thomas. Jacques Callot: Das gesamte Werk Druckgraphik Volume 2. Munich: Verlag Rogner & Bernhard GMBH. Listed as plates 1462-3.

2. Christopher Mendez Exhibition Catalogue: 24 November - 18 December 1992. London. Listed and illustrated at catalogue no. 22 on pg. 28 - 29.

3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

Museum-grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.