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The Public Scribe

A work made of etching, drypoint, and roulette on ivory wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching, drypoint, and roulette on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1790

Artist:

Jean Jacques de Boissieu (French, 1736-1810)
after Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch, 1628/29-1682)

About this artwork

This large plate is characteristic of de Boissieu’ s last period of printmaking, which was dominated by his interest in landscapes and scenes of daily life. The influence of seventeenth-century Dutch genre scenes is clear in this work, which depicts the predicament of a writer who must transcribe the message of a young couple although more interesting activities distract his attention. Boissieu used the roulette, a tool with a spiked wheel, to indent the plate and simulate the effects of an inked wash.

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Artist

Jean Jacques de Boissieu

Title

The Public Scribe

Origin

France

Date

Made 1790

Medium

Etching, drypoint, and roulette on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

258 × 384 mm (image); 293 × 421 mm (plate); 300 × 427 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.2015

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