The Arcades at the Palais-Royal

A work made of pen and black ink, and brush and gray wash, with gray gouache, over black chalk, on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and black ink, and brush and gray wash, with gray gouache, over black chalk, on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1804

Artist:

Louis Léopold Boilly
French, 1761-1845

About this artwork

This remarkably frank image flouted the norms of acceptable subject matter. Here, Boilly depicted the prostitutes—and the men who solicited them—who gathered in the arcade of the Palais-Royal in Paris. Better known for his charming genre paintings, Boilly was denounced in 1793 by a French revolutionary tribunal for painting pictures “of revolting obscenity to republican morals.” He survived and even in 1804, under the Napoleonic government’s somewhat looser standards, he was pushing the boundaries of propriety.

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Artist

Louis-Léopold Boilly

Title

The Arcades at the Palais-Royal

Origin

France

Date

1761–1804

Medium

Pen and black ink, and brush and gray wash, with gray gouache, over black chalk, on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

365 × 457 mm

Credit Line

Worcester Sketch Fund

Reference Number

1963.558

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