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The Great Barrel-Makers

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

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




Jean Jacques de Boissieu
French, 1736-1810

About this artwork

By placing the figures of the barrel-makers in a vault-like space reminiscent of religious architecture, de Boisseau emphasizes the rustic simplicity of everyday life while adding an air of elevated dignity.


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Jean Jacques de Boissieu


The Great Barrel-Makers


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1790


Etching, roulette and drypoint on ivory laid paper


Plate: 26 × 39.7 cm (10 1/4 × 15 11/16 in.); Sheet: 28.4 × 41.4 cm (11 3/16 × 16 5/16 in.)

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William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

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