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Night Scene from Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux's "The Lectern" [Le Lutrin], Illustration for the 3rd Canto

Accession Number
2013/2.566

Title
Night Scene from Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux's "The Lectern" [Le Lutrin], Illustration for the 3rd Canto

Artist(s)
Bernard Picart

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Medium & Support
etching and engraving on laid paper

Dimensions
13 in x 8 ⅞ in (33.02 cm x 22.54 cm);13 in x 8 15/16 in (33.02 cm x 22.7 cm);12 ⅝ in (32.07 cm);12 1/16 in x 8 7/16 in (30.64 cm x 21.43 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink

Subject matter
The French satirist Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux wrote Le Lutrin in 1674. This "mock-heroic poem" recounts the quarrel of two church dignitaries over where to place the lectern in the church. This print depicts a scene from the 3rd Canto when three men try to move the lectern in the middle of the night, under the cover of darkness.

Physical Description
Three men standing in a surprised movement with an owl coming out of an overturned lectern. There is decorated border around the drawing.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Additional Object Classification(s)
Unbound Work

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Christian clergy
Christianity
Protestantism
books
candles
hats
men (male humans)
pulpits

2 Related Resources

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& Author Notes

All Rights Reserved

On display