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"Joy with tranquillity"
crayon manner engraving
CRE UNKNOWN; (English; 18th century) AFTER LE BRUN, Charles (French; 1619-1690) PUB SAYER, Robert; (English; 1725-1793/4)
printed in brown
28.3 x 18.8
inscr on plate b. "12 heads, selected from Mr Le Brun's Passions of the soul / in those that feel within ye sweetness of joy the forehead is serene ... more complection is lively / London. printed for Robt Sayer Map & Printseller, at the Golden Buck, near Sergeants' Inn, Fleet Street"
From the founder, William Hunter's print collection. This set of prints for artists promotes ancient ideas about physiognomy developed in Rome by Nicolas Poussin (Les Andelys 1594-1665 Rome). Charles Le Brun (Paris 1619-1690) was Poussin's pupil in Rome. He later became Director of the Académie Royale de Peinture, and in his teaching he adapted Poussin's ideas about human expression, writing a small treatise (1698) that had a wide influence over the following century. An illustrated edition of 1734 has been shown to have influenced the theatrical expressions of figures in Hogarth's paintings. These mid-priced engravings of Lebrun's drawings each quote a few lines of Le Brun's text. They provide interesting evidence of Hunter collecting books and prints that he thought would be of use to artists. Hunter probably first became aware of Le Brun's treatise through Dr. James Parsons, who gave an anatomical analysis of the facial muscles employed in Le Brun's drawings of the Passions in his Croonian Lectures on Muscular Motion delivered to the Royal Society in 1746.
HEAD : EXPRESSION : FEELING : TEACHING : JOY : TRANQUILLITY : ART THEORY : HUNTER 2007 :