Printed Textile: "Les Monuments de Paris"

This furnishing fabric was designed by the prominent architect Hippolyte Le Bas, one of several well-known artists who worked for the factory; his drawing was engraved onto a copper roller for printing onto the cotton by Nicolas Auguste Leisnier. The composition, which is typical of the early nineteenth-century Neoclassical style, shows a repeat of four elaborately framed scenes of Parisian monuments: to the left, the statue of Henri IV and the Pont Neuf with the Pantheon; to the right, the Fontaine des Innocents with the Louvre. Each vignette is connected to a medallion portrait of the sovereign who reigned when the monuments were erected.

Designed by Louis Hippolyte Lebas, French, 1782 - 1867. Manufactured by Oberkampf, Jouy-en-Josas, France, 1760 - 1843. Engraved by Nicolas Auguste Leisnier, French, 1789 - 1862.

Geography:
Made in Jouy-en-Josas, France, Europe

Date:
c. 1816-1818

Medium:
Copperplate and block print on cotton plain weave

Dimensions:
30 1/4 x 34 1/2 inches (76.8 x 87.6 cm) Pattern Repeat: 34 x 20 1/4 inches (86.4 x 51.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1925-8-1

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Francis T. S. Darley Fund, 1925

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  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections

    The printed cotton textiles produced at the Oberkampf factory in Jouy-en-Josas near Paris between 1760 and 1843 are among the finest ever made, noted for both their compositions and technical achievement. This furnishing fabric was designed by the prominent architect Hippolyte Le Bas, one of several well-known artists who worked for the factory; his drawing was engraved onto a copper roller for printing onto the cotton by Nicolas Auguste Leisnier. The composition, which is typical of the early nineteenth-century Neoclassical style, shows a repeat of four elaborately framed scenes of Parisian monuments: to the left, the statue of Henri IV and the Pont Neuf with the Pantheon; to the right, the Fontaine des Innocents with the Louvre. Each vignette is connected to a medallion portrait of the sovereign who reigned when the monuments were erected. This fabric is part of the Museum's important collection of over seven hundred English and French printed textiles from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Dilys Blum, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections (1995), p. 90.