Games - La Crosse

Games - La Crosse

Product no.: 3757

anon: La Crosse - Sitôt la Vendange est Faite,...

French late 18th c

copper engraved print with some old colouring; plate 15,5 x 15,5 cm. paper slightly browned; one 2cm long tear into image in right margin; o/w vg cond.

A very charming late 18thc French engraving of country folks playing La Crosse; possibly on eof the earliest depiction of this game! The description reads: ‘Sitôt la Vendange  est Faite, Le Berger quitte sà houlette, Et de la crosse s’exerçant, S’echauffe en se divertissant..’ [As soon as the grape harvest is made, the shepherd lays down his crook and the game takes place, while he warms up enjoying himself.]   

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