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Print - Neptune


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (published)

  • Date:

    1737 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gillot, Claude, born 1673 - died 1722 (designer)
    Huquier, J.G. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 78

This 18th-century print, designed and engraved by Claude Gillot, is from a set entitled Livres de Portieres. The designs were meant to be applied to tapestries or draught screens. The example here shows Neptune, the mythical god of sea, surrounded by sea shells, the raging sea and sinking ships. Other prints in the set show characters from Greek mythology such as Bacchus. Ornament prints such as these were designed for the use of craftsmen; this one was particularly aimed at artisans working with textiles.

Physical description

Print showing the mythical figure of Neptune riding a wave, surrounded by an ornamental design with horses and foliage. Uneven edges.

Place of Origin

Paris (published)


1737 (published)


Gillot, Claude, born 1673 - died 1722 (designer)
Huquier, J.G. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Gillot inv. et sculpt / NEPTUNE / A Paris Chez Huquier / vis-à vis le grand Châtelet. Avec priv.du Roi'


Height: 43 cm, Width: 23.3 cm

Object history note

From a set of 6 plates entitled Livres de Portieres, designed and engraved by Gillot and finished by C.N. Cochin II. Designs for tapesteries or draught screens

Descriptive line

'Neptune', design for a tapestry, engraving by Claude Gillot, France, 1737


Printing ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Seashells; Horses; Foliage; Deities; Classicism; Waves


Prints; Myths & Legends; Ornament prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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