Pierre Thomas Le Clerc 1740-1796. Late 18th.Century hand coloured copper engraving "La Distraite" engraved by Dupin. Published: A Paris Chez Esnauts et Rapilly. Rue St.Jacques à la Ville de Coutances. A.P.D.R. Printed on laid paper laid on to card. Some time discolouration to no real detriment. 19 by 27.6 cms pl. 22.3 by 30.3 sheet.
Plate from the Gallerie des Modes et Costumes Français, one of the first fashion periodicals Published in 1778 and widely considered to be the most beautiful work depicting the styles of the period.