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        Illustrations of incidents from the novel 'Paul et Virginie', Toile de Nantes, c.1800

        French School, (19th century); French. Medium: printed cotton. 'Paul et Virginie' by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (1737-1814) was an extremely popular pastoral and idyllic romantic novel set in the island of Mauritius (known as Ile de France from 1715-1810 during its period as a French colony); Nantes was one of the centres of French textile manufacture in the 18th and 19th centuries and was known for its production of 'toile indienne'; Provenance: Mus�e des Salorges, Nantes, France. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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