Drawing, Wall Elevation of the Bedroom of the Prince de Rohan, Hôtel de Soubise, Paris
This is a Drawing. We acquired it in 1911. Its medium is pen and black, gray ink, brush and gray wash, gouache, graphite, on three joined sheets of white laid paper, incised for transfer to engraving plate. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
This drawing after the French architect Germain Boffrand (1667- 1754) shows an elevation of the bedroom of Charles de Rohan, Prince of Soubise in his private Parisian residence, Hôtel de Soubise, still standing at 60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the 3rd Arrondissement. The drawing is a preparatory drawing for engraving as it is incised for transfer and published as Plate LXVI (?) in Boffrand’s architectural treatise, Livre d'architecture contenant les principes generaux de cet art (1745). The drawing shows the bed alcove and a wall with a fireplace. To the left of the fireplace is a new type of paneling invented by Boffrand as previous architectural rules would have had a fake door to match the double paneled door to the right of the fireplace. The stops in the panels are adorned with sculpted cartouches representing the virtues while the overdoor painting represents “Aurora and Cephalus,” (1738-39) by François Boucher to the right, and the “The Marriage of Hercules and Hebe” (1737) by Pierre Charles Trémolière to the left. The design presents a total integrated Rococo interior that unites paintings with interior paneling and ornamental motifs. Boffrand’s architectural designs were particularly instrumental in disseminating French style across continental Europe.
This object was donated by Advisory Council.
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Drawing, Wall Elevation of the Bedroom of the Prince de Rohan, Hôtel de Soubise, Paris; Previously owned by Jean Léon Decloux (French, 1840–1929); France; pen and black, gray ink, brush and gray wash, gouache, graphite, on three joined sheets of white laid paper, incised for transfer to engraving plate; 1911-28-5
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.