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Vinkeles (Reinier ) & Daniel Vrydag after Pieter Barbiers the Younger & Jacques Kuyper.
Teken Zaal in het Gebouw der Maatschappyë Felix Meritis Binnen Amsterdam / Salle de Dessin dans l'Edifice de la Societe Felix Mertitis A Amsterdam.
Amsterdam: Roos, 1801.. A large etching/engraving on laid paper, uncoloured. Plate size is 55cm x 44cm, on a sheet measuring 66cm x 50cm. Decorative emblem at bottom center, beneath which is the imprint: "C.S. Roos excudit - Amstelodami - 1801." At lower left: "P. Barbiers del. J. Kuyper fig. del.". At lower right: "D. Vrydag sculp. R. Vinkeles fig. sculp.". Titled in Dutch & French. A depiction of The Drawing Academy at The Felix Meritis Society in Amsterdam, showing the wire frame from which backdrops were suspended, also artists sketching a live model and a skinned cadaver. Some wear to edges and short marginal tears (none reach into the plate), a very good copy. A striking and uncommon image. The philanthropic Felix Meritis ("Happy by Merit") Society was founded in Amsterdam in 1777. In 1788 the Louis XVI-style house built by Dutch architect Jacob Otten Husly was opened in the Keizersgracht. The drawing room, in which live models were posed, had a special feature of a lattice scaffold attached to the ceiling which could be lowered if necessary, to aid in posing models.
Bookseller: William Matthews, Bookseller [Canada]
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