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Prints and Drawings
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

Grottes d’Osselles: Le Tombeau (Osselles Caves: The Tomb)

1829

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.)
Gift of Renée and Geoffrey Hartman, Ph.D. 1953
2012.99.3.2
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.
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
French
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

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

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