French School, (19th century); French. Medium: engraving. Date: 19th Century. 'Lost Illusions' by Balzac (1799-1850); part of La Comedie Humaine; written between 1837 and 1843; leading figure of Angouleme high society; becomes the lover of Lucien de Rubempre; they fled to Paris and then she abandoned him; E.L., artist Emile Lassalle (1813-71) ?; B.N.Z. 7765; Provenance: Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.