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Six Academy Figures Drawn from the Life by F. Verdier, Painter in Ordinary to Lewis the Fourteenth.

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Variant Title

Recueil de plusieurs figures d'Académie, dessinées d'après nature par François Verdier


[London:]: Sold by Sl. Lyne at ye Globe in Newgate Street Who Sells all other sorts of Books to Draw after. Price 6 Pence, [ca. 1748?]

Physical Description

6 pl.; 313 mm.

Responsibility Note

All plates appear to have had signatures, now erased.


J.H. Rubin, Eighteenth-century French life drawing (1977).

Summary Note

No publication-date is carried by the plates. But perhaps the present work derives from the Recueil de plusieurs figures d'Académie, dessinées d'après nature par François Verdier, peintre ordinaire du Roy, engraved and published in 1747 by Nicolas de Poilly the younger.

All but one of the plates are captioned, and show: 1.[uncaptioned: a kneeling, blind [?] man, tied to a wall] [this plate also carries the title of the set as a whole]; 2. A River or Water God; 3. Hercules; 4. Jupiter; 5. Pan; 6. Atlas.

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

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, brown cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Boucher & Verdier. Costumes & Acady. Figures' and 'R.A.' Bound with two others.

Name as Subject


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


François Verdier, source artist, draughtsman
Nicolas Jean-Baptiste de Poilly
Samuel Lyne, bookseller, publisher