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Print - How to Draw an Acanthus Leaf

How to Draw an Acanthus Leaf

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (published)

  • Date:

    1713 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Roberday, E. (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on paper

  • Museum number:

    29833:3

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 96

This image shows an etching by E. Roberday, published in his book Livre des principes de l’ornement ou feuillage grotesque du goust le plus en usage. This etching is an instruction on how to draw an acanthus leaf, which was an essential skill for 17th and 18th century designers and craftsmen, as it was a popular motif in decoration. By going back to the principles of growth seen in nature, Roberday gives life to the increasingly complicated design.

Physical description

Print, etching on paper, 'How to draw an acanthus leaf'.

Place of Origin

Paris (published)

Date

1713 (published)

Artist/maker

Roberday, E. (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching on paper

Dimensions

Height: 18.8 cm, Width: 15 cm

Object history note

Drawing the acanthus was an essential skill for 17th and 18th century designer and craftsmen. By going back to the principles of growth seen in nature Roberday gives life to the increasingly complicated imaginary leaf.

Descriptive line

Ornament print, etching on paper, 'How to draw an acanthus leaf', by E Roberday, France, 18th century

Production Note

From the book Livres de Principes de l'Ornement, by E. Roberday

Subjects depicted

Leaf (plant material); Acanthus

Categories

Prints; Images Online; Ornament prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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