Volltext: A history of caricature and grotesque in literature and art

and Art. 
of the art of engraving of Demange Crocq, the engraver to the duke of 
About this time, the painter Bellange, who had been a pupil of 
Claude Henriet, returned from Italy, and gave young Callot an exciting 
account of the wonders of art to be feen in that country; and foon after- 
wards Claude Henriet dying, his fon Ifrael went to Rome, and his letters 
from thence had no leis effect on the mind of the young artilt at Nancy, 
than the converfation of Bellange. Indeed the paflion of the boy for art 
was {'0 ftrong, that, finding his parents obltinately oppofed to all his 
longings in this direftion, he left his father's houfe fecretly, and, in the 
fpring of 1604, when he had only juft entered his thirteenth year, he fet 
out for Italy on foot, without introductions and almoit without money. 
He was even unacquainted with the road, but after proceeding a Ihort 
ditlance, he fell in with a band of gipfies, and, as they were going to 
Florence, he joined their company. His life among the gipties, which 
lafted feven or eight weeks, appears to have furnifhed food to his love of 
burlefque and caricature, and he has handed down to us his imprefiions, 
in a feries of four engravings of fcenes in gipfy life, admirably executed 
at a rather later period of his life, which are full of comic humour. 
WVhen they arrived at Florence, Jacques Callot parted company with the 
gipfies, and was fortunate enough to meet with an omcer of the grand 
duke's houfehold, who liftened to his Rory, and took fo much intereft in 
him, that he obtained him admifiion to the iludio of Remigio Canta 
Gallina. This artift gave him inftructions in drawing and engraving, and 
fought to correct him of his tafle for the grotefque by keeping him 
employed upon fcrious fubjeots. 
After (tudying for fome months under Canta Gallina, Jacques Callot 
left Florence, and proceeded to Rome, to feek his old friend Ifrael 
Henriet; but he had hardly arrived, when he was recognifcd in the 
itreets by fome merchants from Nancy, who took him, and in fpite of his 
tears and refiftance, carried him home to his parents. He was now 
kept to his ftudies more Ilrietly than ever, but nothing could overcome 
his pafiion for art, and, having contrived to lay by fome money, after a 
thort interval he again ran away from home. This time he took the road


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