Signed and dated on plate: Jules Jacquemart 62, Inscription: J. Jacquemart sculpt. / Imp Delâtre, Rue des Feuillantines, 4, Paris / Souvenirs de Voyage / Paris, Publié par A. Cadart & F. Chevalier, Editeurs, Rue Richelieu 66 In pencil, in margin: Jacquemart / Jacquemart Jules 1837-1880 / Eau-forte originale / B No 329 Collector's stamp, rouge, recto: Lugt (suppl.) 150b A. Maroni Blind stamp, lower margin: A Cadart & Chevalier / Editeurs / 66 R. Richelieu Watermark: Shield, partly cut off.
Two seated men, depicted in three-quarter length, with flowing beards and long robes look out from this print. A painting of a seated woman holding a child on her lap sits on an easel between them. A closed book is placed before the man on the left, and a second book sits open next to the figure on the right. This man holds a mahlstick, used by painters to steady their hand as they work, in his right hand. A palette and brushes are placed on a ledge in front of him.
This chiaroscuro woodcut represents St. Mark and St. Luke, each presenting the works in which they relate their eyewitness experiences of Christ. Both saints wrote gospel accounts, portrayed in the print by the closed book that sits before St. Mark on the left and the open book next to St. Luke. According to a famous apocryphal legend, St. Luke was an artist as well as an author, whose most important painting was a portrait of Mary and her newborn. In the print, Luke has just set aside his palette and brushes on the ledge before him and gestures toward his finished masterpiece.