The passions of the soul, as they are expressed in the human countenance; shewing its various changes and appearances under the influence of different passions, Engraved in a manner which represents real drawings – almost as large as life. From the celebrated designs of Monsieur Le Brun, with extracts from his discourse on the passions, describing their influence on the features and muscles of the face

Charles Le Brun

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London: Printed for John Bowles at the Black Horse in Cornhill and Carington Bowles in St. Pauls Church Yard., [n.d.] [after 1787]

Physical Description

1 p. ., 4 p., 20 (i.e. 19) plates. 34 cm.

General Note

Engraved t.p., counted as plate no. 1.


On a preliminary leaf is pasted a letter from John Tiranti & Co. on which is typed: "With the compliments of John Tiranti & Company" and written in black ink: "Sir Thos. Lawrence's copy of "The Passions of the Soul" received and thanks sent, March 13, 1930."
Inscribed in black ink at head of title page: T. Lawrence 1788
The front pastedown carries a 20th century Royal Academy bookplate

Binding Note

Marbled paper-covered boards. Housed in red solander box.


Anatomy, Artistic - Early works to 1800.
Emotions in art
Facial expression — Pictorial works — Early works to 1800.


Charles Le Brun, source artist
John Bowles, printer/publisher
Carington Bowles, printer/publisher
Gabriel Smith, engraver
Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA, previous owner
John Tiranti and Company (London)