Enfant Portant un Plateau (The Boy Carrying a Tray), 1862
Etching and aquatint
Guérin 15 ii/II; Harris 28, ii/III. From the 1906-1910 Porcaboeuf edition of 12. A light impression of the second state printed on japon paper. Signed in the plate lower left: ‘Manet’. With collector’s ‘H.M.P.’ stamp of the Henri M. Petiet Collection verso, bottom right (not cited in Lugt, refer to Lugt 2021a). A fine impression in fine condition, aside from overall toning and deckled edges. Sheet measures 15 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches. From the collection of Professor and Mrs. Daniel Bell, Cambridge, MA.
The motif here was taken initially from an oil painting which Manet executed around 1861 entitled Spanish Cavaliers and was worked out in detail in a watercolor. Manet later used the same figure with changes in the clothing in the background of The Balcony of 1868. The artist’s model for this etching was his stepson, Léon Leenhoff.