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An image of The schoolmistress by Abraham Bosse

Abraham Bosse

(France 1602 – 14 Feb 1676)

The schoolmistress
Alternative title:
La maistresse d'escole
circa 1638
Media category
Materials used

26.3 x 32.9 cm platemark; 27.0 x 33.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1938
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

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

Exhibition history (2)

Le Grand Siècle, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Jun 1997–17 Jul 1997

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006