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Print - Portrait of the Goldsmith Louis Roupert
  • Portrait of the Goldsmith Louis Roupert
    Cossin, Louis, born 1627 - died 1704
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Portrait of the Goldsmith Louis Roupert

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (published)

  • Date:

    1668 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cossin, Louis, born 1627 - died 1704 (engraver)
    Rabon, Pierre, born 1619 - died 1684 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:

    28787

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 503, case EO, shelf 38

This engraving by Louis Coquin (also known as Cossin), after Pierre Rabon, was published, in Paris, in 1668. The goldsmith Louis Roupert is shown next to a vase of acanthus leaves holding a sheet with acanthus decoration on it. These, and the tools on the table next to him, suggest that he is a goldsmith.

The rolling acanthus was a popular motif in ancient Rome, and was much copied by Renaissance artists. The use of the scrolling acanthus leaf was an essential part of the goldsmith’s skill from about the mid 17th century to the end of the 18th century. Ornament prints like these were copied by artisans working in different fields, and were responsible for spreading the influence of various decorative styles.

Physical description

Print, portrait of the goldsmith Louis Roupert, engraving after Pierre Rabon.

Place of Origin

Paris (published)

Date

1668 (published)

Artist/maker

Cossin, Louis, born 1627 - died 1704 (engraver)
Rabon, Pierre, born 1619 - died 1684 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

Height: 16.5 cm, Width: 22.8 cm

Descriptive line

Portrait of the goldsmith Louis Roupert, engraving by Louis Cossin, [Coquin] after Pierre Rabon, France, 1668

Labels and date

PRINT: PORTRAIT OF THE GOLDSMITH LOUIS ROUPERT
French, 1668
Engraving by Louis Coquin after Pierre Rabon, published in Paris

28787

From about 1650 to 1800 the use of the scrolling acanthus leaf was an essential part of the goldsmith's skill. Here Roupert shows off silver leaves in a bottle and a sheet of ornament. The horse, a goldsmith's pattern, is entirely made of leaves. []

Subjects depicted

Vases; Portraits; Men; Designs; Goldsmiths; Equipment; Goldsmithing; Print-making tool

Categories

Prints; Portraits; Ornament prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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