BOSSE, Abraham

La saignée (A Surgeon preparing to Bleed a Patient),
from Les Métiers, a series of seven plates

Etching and engraving, 1632-5. Blum 1041; Duplessis 1391; Lothe 243. First state of two with the address of Le Blond, in the next state changed to Tavernier. The dates and ages lightly inscribed in the portraits on the wall clearly visible, as found in early impressions.

A very fine impression with thread margins on three sides, trimmed on or just within at bottom. Several pale fox-marks at left edge, a pencil mark in the inscription space, a very short repaired tear in the border lower right, otherwise in excellent condition.
265 x 344mm.

The Bibliothèque nationale de France has deduced that the portraits on the wall, with their unusually specific information as to ages of the sitters and the year, represent Bosse himself and his young wife.