Grottes d'Osselles: Le Tombeau (Osselles Caves: The Tomb) Artist: Nicolas Toussaint Charlet (French, 1792–1845)
Artist: Jean Lubin Vauzelle (French, 1776–after 1837)
Printer: Godefroy Engelmann (French, born Germany, 1788–1839)
Publisher: Isidore Justin Severin Taylor (le Baron Taylor) (French, 1789–1879)


Prints and Drawings

The French lithographer Nicolas Toussaint Charlet studied in the atelier of Baron Gros and collaborated with Théodore Géricault. These are two of his topographical illustrations commissioned for the publication Voyages pittoresques et romantiques dans l’ancienne France, a survey of the landscapes of the French provinces. Such topographical lithography enjoyed great popularity in both France and England during the first half of the nineteenth century. Here Charlet represents grottoes from the Osselles region in eastern France. Their winding, cavernous interiors pull the eye inward—into the imagined depths of the landscape.


Lithograph on chine collé


image: 35.1 × 28.9 cm (13 13/16 × 11 3/8 in.)
sheet (chine collé ): 39.1 × 30.6 cm (15 3/8 × 12 1/16 in.)
sheet: 48.9 × 31.5 cm (19 1/4 × 12 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Renée and Geoffrey Hartman, Ph.D. 1953

Accession Number



19th century


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Renée and Geoffrey Hartman, Hamden, Conn., to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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Object/Work type

human figures (visual works), landscapes (representations), lithographs

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