La Félicité Parfaite (Perfect Bliss), from the Profiles and Grimaces series

Louis-Léopold Boilly, French, 1761 - 1845



Hand colored lithograph on cardboard

Sheet: 14 9/16 × 10 1/4 in. (37 × 26 cm)

Mount: 18 × 13 15/16 in. (45.7 × 35.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund



Imprimerie lithographique de F. Delpech, Paris


Place Made: France, Europe


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, on stone, lower left margin; I. lith. de Delpech.; signed, on stone, lower right: L. Boilly; inscribed, on plate, lower center: La Félicité Parfaite.; reverse, on mount, inscribed, in ink, lower left: Whittier Fund; reverse, on mount, stamped, in black ink, lower left: DARTMOUTH COLLEGE / DEPT. OF ART AND / ARCHAEOLOGY; reverse, on mount inscribed, in ink, lower center: Jan. 19, 1953 / Bought from Charles D. Child 169 Newbury St - Boston. Mass

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 101, The Butt of the Joke: Humor and the Human Body, Grace Hanselman, Class of 2020, Mellon Special Project Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, May 22 - July 25, 2021.

Works in the Collection Depicting the Use of Alcohol, Lower Jewett Corridor, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 22-March 21, 1982, in conjunction with the conference "Alcohol at Dartmouth".


Charles D. Childs (art dealer), Boston; sold to present collection, 1953.

Catalogue Raisonne

J. Laran, Inventaire du fonds francais apres 1800, vol. 10, p. 55, no. 18.

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