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Recueil de plusieurs Figures d'Academie Dessinées d'après Le Naturel Par F. Verdier Peintre ordinaire du Roy Et gravées Par J. Bap de Poilly

RA Collection: Book

Record number



ce vend a Paris: rue St. jacques a la belle Image C.P.R., [1747?]

Physical Description

[18] pl. (incl. t.pl.); 387 mm.

Responsibility Note

The first plate (title plate) is unsigned. All others are signed as designed by F. Verdier and engraved by J. Bap. de Poilly C.P.R. - apart from pl. [8], which is signed as designed by Nicolas Poilly and engraved by 'son frère'.


On 'Academy' figures see M. Roland-Michel, Le dessin français au XVIII siècle (1987), p.47-76; J.H. Rubin, Eighteenth-century French life drawing (1977).

Summary Note

All plates show male nudes, possibly representing pagan deities.

François Verdier worked chiefly under Charles Le Brun, painting and designing both Christian and classical subjects.

Binding Note

18th-century half mottled calf, brown watered-cloth-covered boards; brown morocco spine-label lettered 'Academy Figures By Verdier', spine lettered 'R.A.'; spine repaired in 20th century. Bound with one other.

Name as Subject


Mythology, Greek - Iconography
Nudes - Men (male humans)
Drawings - France - 18th century
Pattern books - France - 18th century
Pictorial works - France - 18th century


François Verdier, source artist, draughtsman
Nicolas Jean-Baptiste de Poilly, engraver