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Sheet of Sketches

A work made of lithograph in black on ivory wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of lithograph in black on ivory wove paper.




Denis Auguste Marie Raffet (French, 1804-1860)
printed by Chez Gihaut Frères (French, 19th century)

About this artwork

As a pioneer of battle vignettes, Denis-Auguste-Marie Raffet depicted many military scenes in sketchbooklike compositions. He began to publish lithographs in 1826, and Sheet of Sketches was one of his early works. This sheet has a seminostalgic, satirical tone, with details of a frantic crowd cheering for a duel between knights and a scene of ritualistic decapitation. Raffet’s lithographs inspired generations of artists and writers, including Honoré de Balzac.


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Prints and Drawings


Denis Auguste Marie Raffet


Sheet of Sketches


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1829


Lithograph in black on ivory wove paper


Image: 24.1 × 29.7 cm (9 1/2 × 11 3/4 in.); Sheet: 26.3 × 34.9 cm (10 3/8 × 13 3/4 in.)

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The Charles Deering Collection

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