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Title

The schoolmistress

circa 1638

Artist

Abraham Bosse

France

1602 - 14 Feb 1676

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Abraham Bosse

    Works in the collection

    1

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication