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Book of French Textile Samples (1863)

- May 30, 2017 in cloth, design, fabric, France, pattern, pattern book, patterns, textiles, watercolours

This delightful book features a collection of nineteenth-century textile samples — in the form of watercolour copies — from the Robert Maison company.

Book of French Textile Samples (1863)

- May 30, 2017 in cloth, design, fabric, France, pattern, pattern book, patterns, textiles, watercolours

This delightful book features a collection of nineteenth-century textile samples — in the form of watercolour copies — from the Robert Maison company.

Book of French Textile Samples (1863)

- May 30, 2017 in cloth, design, fabric, France, pattern, pattern book, patterns, textiles, watercolours

This delightful book features a collection of nineteenth-century textile samples — in the form of watercolour copies — from the Robert Maison company.

Public and Private Life of Animals (1877)

- May 23, 2017 in Balzac, France, grandville, J.J. Grandville, paris, satire

Collection of acerbic animal fables, penned by the likes of Honoré de Balzac and George Sand, and illustrated by the brilliant J. J. Grandville.

Public and Private Life of Animals (1877)

- May 23, 2017 in Balzac, France, grandville, J.J. Grandville, paris, satire

Collection of acerbic animal fables, penned by the likes of Honoré de Balzac and George Sand, and illustrated by the brilliant J. J. Grandville.

Public and Private Life of Animals (1877)

- May 23, 2017 in Balzac, France, grandville, J.J. Grandville, paris, satire

Collection of acerbic animal fables, penned by the likes of Honoré de Balzac and George Sand, and illustrated by the brilliant J. J. Grandville.

The Little Book of Love

- February 14, 2014 in France, heart, love, love poetry, poetry, rennaisance, valentine

A Valentine's gift to top all Valentine's gifts - the Petit Livre d’Amour (Little Book of Love) was an ornate bespoke book given by the 16th-century Lyon-born poet Pierre Salas to his then lover and future wife Marguerite Bullioud.

The Sketchbooks of Jacques-Louis David

- October 22, 2013 in collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, France, french revolution, Images, Images-18th, Images-Engraving-Line, Images-People, Jacques-Louis David, napoleon, rome, sketchbook, The Getty, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide

Selections from “Album 11″, a sketchbook belonging to the French neoclassical painter and revolutionary Jacques-Louis David. The sketches are from his student years in Rome in the 1770s, a time in which he became obsessed with the ancient and Renaissance art to be found in the city. During this period he made well over 1000 “Roman sketches” and relied on them as a visual resource throughout his career. Once returned to Paris, David dismantled his sketchbooks and reorganised the leaves into albums according to type, numbering 12 in total. This 11th album – held by the Getty Research Institute and included in The Getty’s Open Content program – is mainly concerned with studies of the bas-reliefs and sculptures from prominent Italian collections, including the ancient Roman paintings unearthed in Pompeii and Herculaneum. David was arguably the most influential European artist of the late 18th century, his thoughtful style of “history painting” marking a change in the moral climate at a crucial time in European history: the end of the Ancien Regime and birth of the French Revolution. David, a close friend of the revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierre, was an active supporter of the French Revolution (he voted for the execution […]

A Dangerous Man in the Pantheon

- October 2, 2013 in Articles, Denis Diderot, Encylopedié, Enlightenment, France, History, Literature, Panthéon, Philosophy, Rousseau, Voltaire

This October marks 300 years since the birth of French Enlightenment thinker Denis Diderot. Although perhaps best known for co-founding the Encylopédie, Philipp Blom argues for the importance of Diderot's philosophical writings and how they offer a pertinent alternative to the Enlightenment cult of reason spearheaded by his better remembered contemporaries Voltaire and Rousseau.

Engravings from a French Ice-Skating Manual (1813)

- August 20, 2013 in collections, dance, Digital Copy: Attribution, France, ice-skating, Images, Images-19th, Images-Engraving-Line, Images-People, sport, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide, Villanova Digital Library

Coloured engravings from France’s first ice-skating manual Le Vrai Patineur (The True Skater) written by Jean Garcin, a book praised in Honoré de Balzac’s Illusions Perdues. As well as the aide of eight engraved plates, four of which are featured here, the manual details many movements and poses, putting an emphasis on artistry and grace in contrast to the more straightforward technical approach usually practised in England. The book is considered to be one of the earliest works in any language devoted entirely to ice-skating. Villanova Digital Library Underlying Work: PD Worldwide | Digital Copy: Share Alike Download: Right click on image or see source for higher res versions HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project and we rely on support from our readers to stay afloat. If you like what we do then please do consider making a donation. We welcome all contributions, big or small - everything helps! Become a Patron Small angel : £3.00 GBP - monthly Medium sized hero : £5.00 GBP - monthly Large emperor : £10.00 GBP - monthly Vast deity : £20.00 GBP - monthly Make a one off Donation SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER Sign up […]