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A Drawing School (Ecole de Dessein)
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A Drawing School (Ecole de Dessein)


Benoît-Louis Prévost (1747-ca. 1804)

After Charles-Nicolas II Cochin (1715 - 1790)

Width: 21.6 cm cut size; Height: 33.4 cm cut size;

Inscription, C. N. Cochin Filius Del. //
Inscription, C. N. COCHIN / Dessein, Paris, 1770. //
Inscription, Ecole de Dessein. //
Inscription, Fig. 2. / Fig. 1. //
Inscription, Pl. I. //
Inscription, B. L. Prevost Sculp. //
Inscription, BURLINGTON - DEC 1975 - ARTICLE p. 768. //

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt Library; transfer; 1990

About this work
This illustration accompanied an article on drawing in the influential and widely circulated encyclopaedia edited by Denis Diderot. The upper scene, engraved after a design by Charles-Nicolas Cochin the Younger, is a detailed view of a figure drawing class. Students are shown copying drawings and plaster casts and working directly from a life model. The lower diagram presents the recommended layout of a life class, which became standard in most art schools in the capitals of Europe from the mid-eighteenth-century. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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