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L'Art de peindre. Poëme. Avec des réflexions sur les différentes parties de la peinture.

Illustrated by Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre (French, 1713–1789), Etched by Claude Henri Watelet (French, 1718–1786), Publisher Hippolyte Louis Guerin (French, 18th century), Publisher Louis-François Delatour (French, 1727–1807)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 1051


Overall: 29 x 22.7 x 3.1 cm (11 7/16 x 8 15/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 23 etchings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: H. L. Guerin & L. F. Delatour, 1760) Quarto; 82 leaves, plus 3 plates; contemporary gilt-stamped brown calf.

Allegorical frontispiece, measured outline figures of sculpture, decorative vignettes (some including medallion portraits), title fleuron, and tailpieces

Paris: H. L. Guerin & L. F. Delatour, 1760


Acquired in 1923 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent