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Le soufleur

  • 1744
  • Engraved by Lepicie, after a painting by Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin
    Made in Paris
  • Plate: 14.75 x 10.75 in.
    Engraving on laid paper
  • Not on display
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.105
  • No known copyright restrictions


A seated man wearing fur-trimmed clothing is reading a large book on a table. Next to him is a quill, an hourglass, and other manuscripts.


Malgré tes veilles continués,
et ce vain atirail de chimique scavoir;
Tu pourrois bien trouver au fond dettes cornues,
La misère et le désespoir. (Lepicie)

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