5 October 2007
MONNET, Charles (1732-after 1808). Etudes d'anatomie a l'usage des peintres. Paris: Demarteau, [ca 1770-1775].
2o (376 x 278 mm). 42 sanguine engravings, including title-page and "Advertissement" leaf by Gilles Demarteau (some occasional pale spotting, minor dampstaining at lower right corner of some leaves). Contemporary quarter morocco, marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt (some rubbing and scuffing, small stain along spine).
FIRST EDITION, published in seven annual installments, each containing six prints printed in sanguine and engraved in the crayon manner invented by the engraver of this work, Gilles Demarteau. The author was a French painter of history, genre, landscapes and decorations, who also produced prints and illustrated books. As a student at the Royal Academy he won first prize for his painting in 1765, was accepted for membership, and debuted in its exhibitions two years later. In the ensuing years Monnet continued to exhibit regularly at the Salon exhibitions, and completed commissions for aristocratic patrons including two paintings of mythological scenes for the dining room of the Petit Trianon at Versailles, 1768 and 1772. He also illustrated books, including a fine edition of the fables of La Fontaine. After the French Revolution Monnet adapted to the new political scene and made drawings of scenes of the French Revolution as well as a set of 69 drawings illustrating the history of France under the empire of Napoleon. At the end of his life he was named professor of drawing at the l'École de Saint-Cyr. See Benezit for both Monnet and Demarteau. Choulant-Frank p. 352; Duval & Cuyer, Histoire de l'Anatomie Plastique (1898) pp. 213-216.
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