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A General Display of the Arts and Sciences

Engraving by Charles Grignion, done c. 1798; based on original engraved print done by Sebastien Le Clerc in 1698, titled 'L'Academie des Sciences et des Beaux-Arts'.

The scene is one of classical architectural surroundings open to landscape beyond, a library on left, chemical and medical motifs on right, discussing and demonstrating aspects of natural philosophy, scientific instruments, geometry, etc.; a balloon with gondola oars and two persons is overhead. This image has appeared in various editions. Note: This print is a direct reversal of the original 1698 Le Clerc engraving, and includes the balloon, which is not in original. Other modifications have also been made.

Sebastien Le Clerc (1637-1714) was a French artist active in drawing, painting and engraving. He also worked as a draughtsman and military engineer.

Charles Grignion (1717-1810); a printmaker and line-engraver, was son of a foreigner and apparently a brother of Thomas Grignion, a well-known watchmaker. Being excellent at his profession, Grignion obtained plenty of employment from the booksellers, and devoted himself to illustrating books, chiefly from the designs of Gravelot, F. Hayman, S. Wale, and J. H. Mortimer.


ID: 2003-00266
Le Clerc, Sebastien

Creation Jan. 1, 1798

MEDIUM: Paper; FORMAT: Print (b&w); LENGTH: 13 x 8.25 in.; QUANTITY: 1

Topics: History, Art, History of science

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