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Title

The schoolmistress


Artist

Abraham Bosse

France

1602 - 14 Feb 1676


About

Bosse was the most important follower of Jacques Callot. He also wrote the first manual on etching which goes so far as to say that the main aim of etching is to imitate engraving. Bosse's closely observed interiors give a vivid view of the life of the Parisian upper-middle class at the time of Louis XIII. In this print an elderly and bespectacled schoolmistress instructs a girl in reading, while, at the back of the schoolroom two girls eat a lunch of bread and fruit that they have brought with them in their baskets.


Details


Alternative title

La maistresse d'escole


Date

circa 1638


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching


Dimensions

26.3 x 32.9 cm platemark; 27.0 x 33.8 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1938


Location

Not on display


Accession number

6720


Artist information

Abraham Bosse

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Peter Raissis, Le Grand Siècle, Sydney, 1997. no catalogue numbers