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Image: Portrait of the Bishop Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704)

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Portrait of the Bishop Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704)

18th century
508 x 346 mm (20 x 13.6 in.)

Pierre-Imbert Drevet, French, (1697–1739)
After Hyacinthe Rigaud, French, (1659–1743)

Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Engraving on laid paper
State: Ninth of fifteen states, before the dots after the painter’s name and “pinxit”
Print impression quality: Excellent
Marks: Signed in plate, lower right: “Petrus Drevet sculpsit 1723”; with full inscription in lower margin; inscribed in pencil on verso by Frederick Keppel (1845–1912), New York dealer from whom Davison presumably purchased the print
Bibliography: Firmin-Didot 12 iv (1876, p. 99); Firmin-Didot, Portraits 489 iv (vol. 1, pp. 172–73); Courboin 514 (vol. 2, p. 23); Carlson and Ittmann, cat. 8; Portalis and Beraldi 61 (vol. 2, p. 22).
Credit Line: Gift of George W. Davison (BA Wesleyan 1892), 1940
Accession Number: 1940.D1.93


This print is considered the masterpiece of French 18th-century portrait engraving.

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  • Christianity
  • clergy - Religious officials or functionaries prepared and authorized to conduct religious services or attend to other official religious duties. [November 1995 lead-in term added. February 1993 lead-in term deleted, was 'ecclesiastics'. December 1992 alternate term added. April 1991 alternate term added.]
  • male portraits
  • portraits - Representations of real individuals that are intended to capture a known or supposed likeness; for representations of fictional or mythological characters, use "figures (representations)." [March 1993 lead-in term added. April 1991 descriptor m
  • religions

  • plate Dimensions: 508 x 346 mm (20 x 13.6 in.)

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