La Sculpture (Sculpture), plate 169 from Jean de Jullienne's L'OŒuvre d'Antoine Watteau (The Works of Antoine Watteau) also known as the Recueil Jullienne

Louis Desplaces, French, 1682 - 1739
after Jean-Antoine Watteau, French, 1684 - 1721


about 1726-1731

Etching and engraving on paper

Plate: 9 7/16 × 6 3/8 in. (24 × 16.2 cm)

Sheet: 11 9/16 × 8 1/16 in. (29.4 × 20.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through a gift from Jane and W. David Dance, Class of 1940



Gaspard Duchange, Paris


Place Made: France, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, in plate, lower left: Watteau Pinxit; inscribed, in plate, lower center: LA SCULPTURE. / Ce Singe Industrieux qui Travaille en Sculpture / Peut de l'Art qu'il exerce estre dit l'inventeur: / On ne peut estre bon Sculpteur / Qu'en se faisant SInge de la Nature. / AParis [AP in ligature] Chez Duchange Graveur du roy, rue S.t [t in superscript] Jacques; inscribed, in plate, lower right: Desplaces Sculp. [Translated text: This industrious monkey who works in sculpture / Can be called the inventor of the art he practices / One can only be a good sculptor / By acting in the nature of a monkey]

Course History

ANTH 12.4, Your Inner Chimpanzee, Kes Schroer, Spring 2014

ANTH 12.4, Your Inner Chimpanzee, Kes Schroer, Spring 2014

ANTH 12.4, Your Inner Chimpanzee, Kes Schroer, Winter 2015

ANTH 12.4, Your Inner Chimpanzee, Kes Schroer, Winter 2015

Exhibition History

Living with Sculpture: Presence and Power in Europe, 1400–1750, Citrin Family Gallery and Engles Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 23, 2024–March 22, 2025.


Leo Steinberg, New York; sold to present collection, 2004.

Catalogue Raisonne

Goncourt (1875): 21; Dacier & Vuaflart (1921-29): 167

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