Founding of the Observatory (1667), Colbert Presenting the Members of the Academy of Sciences to the King, from the Galerie Historique de Versailles

Leopold Massard, French, 1812 - 1889
after Charles Le Brun, French, 1619 - 1690



Engraving on wove paper

Image: 7 9/16 × 12 15/16 in. (19.2 × 32.9 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of the Estate of Colonel John L. Ames Jr., Class of 1916



Place Made: France, Europe


19th century

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Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, lower left: Peint par Ch. Lebrun; lower right: Grave par Thibault; center: Fondation de l'Observatoire (1667) / Colbert presente au roi les membres de l'Academie des Sciences; lower left edge: Dessine par L. Massard; lower right edge: Diagraphe et Pantographe Gavard


Colonel John Lincoln Ames, Jr. (1895-1996), Bethesda, Maryland; given to present collection, 1985.

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