CLEMENT, MICHEL. fl.1857-60. Manuscript in French on paper, [caption title] "Cours de Dessin - École Impériale d'Arts et Métiers d'Aix," 70 double page exceptionally detailed pen-and-ink drawings, some enhanced with ink wash or watercolor, folio, Aix-en-Provence, 1857-60, bound together in contemporary sheep-backed marbled boards.
Lot 273
CLEMENT, MICHEL. fl.1857-60.
Manuscript in French on paper, [caption title] "Cours de Dessin - École Impériale d'Arts et Métiers d'Aix," 70 double page exceptionally detailed pen-and-ink drawings, some enhanced with ink wash or watercolor, folio, Aix-en-Provence, 1857-60, bound together in contemporary sheep-backed marbled boards.
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CLEMENT, MICHEL. fl.1857-60. Manuscript in French on paper, [caption title] "Cours de Dessin - École Impériale d'Arts et Métiers d'Aix," 70 double page exceptionally detailed pen-and-ink drawings, some enhanced with ink wash or watercolor, folio, Aix-en-Provence, 1857-60, bound together in contemporary sheep-backed marbled boards.
CLEMENT, MICHEL. fl.1857-60.
Manuscript in French on paper, [caption title] "Cours de Dessin - École Impériale d'Arts et Métiers d'Aix," 70 double page exceptionally detailed pen-and-ink drawings, some enhanced with ink wash or watercolor, folio, Aix-en-Provence, 1857-60, bound together in contemporary sheep-backed marbled boards. Boards rubbed, upper right corner of front corner worn away. Very good apart from a little light soiling and a few scattered fox-marks.

An excellent album of extremely fine and detailed drawings executed by a student at the École des Arts et Métiers at Aix, so carefully drawn that they appear to be engravings. They afford a fascinating glimpse into the type and extent of the skills required of graduates of French technical schools of the mid-nineteenth century. Executed over a three-year course of design taught at the École Impériale d'Arts et Métiers d'Aix., each drawing bears the artist's name and a professor's signature, with 4 different signatures in all. The period of training at the École des Arts et Métiers was set at three years, with the first year devoted to arithmetic, geometry and drawing, the second year to descriptive geometry, trigonometry and mechanical drawing (of both stationary and moving parts), and the third year to industrial mechanics and advanced drafting techniques. The album offered here provides examples of drawing from all these fields of instruction, and is an extremely rare example of mid-nineteenth century French technical instruction. Subjects drawn include ornaments, architecture, geometrical figures, machine parts, topography, tools, steam machines, and hydraulic machines, to name but a few.
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