Essentially an illustrated trade catalogue for plaster casts of geometric solids, architectural ornament, and sculptural reliefs used to teach drawing, this rare volume lies at the intersection of photography, commerce, science, and art. More than a mere sales tool, however, the photographs were offered as a type of manual, evidence that photography was gradually working its way into art schools in the later 19th century and would soon replace plaster casts like those offered here, which had long been a foundation of artistic training.

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Arthur Antoine Bullot, French, born 1835, active 1860s–1900
Librairie Charles Delagrave
Enseignement du dessin par les solides applicable dans les écoles primaries, professionelles et supérieures
Bound book with 33 albumen silver prints from glass negatives
Image (each): 8 1/2 × 9 1/2 in. (21.6 × 24.1 cm) Overall (closed): 15 1/2 × 12 5/8 × 1 3/16 in. (39.4 × 32.1 × 3 cm)
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Museum purchase funded by the Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach, Directors

Current Location
Not on view
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Books & Manuscripts

[Antiquarian Market, Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris]; [purchased by Charles Wood Bookseller, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 2016]; purchased by MFAH, 2017.