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.
La maistresse d'escole
26.3 x 32.9 cm platemark; 27.0 x 33.8 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 1 publication
Peter Raissis, Le Grand Siècle, Sydney, 1997. no catalogue numbers