Saturday, February 18, 2006

Richelieu







Lavish and rich are the adjectives that come to mind when attempting to describe these exceptional 1901 illustrations by Maurice Leloir (1851-1940). Chomotypogravures are a species of image prints in which colours are reproduced as a series of dots - an early form of colour printing.

Leloir produced 34 full page watercolour illustrations to accompany the text by Théodore Cahu about the life of the 17th century French religious and political figure, Cardinal Richelieu. Although I've posted large-ish images, it's worth seeing the available selection at full size. There are some further examples at ebay also. I'll return to Leloir in the future - he left a sizeable body of book illustrations.

Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Richelieu at Wikipedia.

2 comments :

Jerub-Baal said...

slightly off topic, but not quite. I have scanned over seventy vintage Swedish postcards to my Flickr site. If you are interested, (check my blog for examples) let me know. I wouldn't mind if you were to post some, as I'm sure you have a larger audience than I, and I want them shared as much as possible. Also, I hope you don't mind, but I 'purloined' one image each from four of your recent posts in an attempt to 'tease' my friends and readers to visit you.

Needless to say, I love your blog and wonder how you have the time for all the research!

Matt Andrade

pita said...

I like this link (but i've problem to open pages it's very long and slow ,and you?) have you see "la sciense amusante":
http://www.fulltable.com/ttmenu.htm

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