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ID number:  BIRBI-2001.8
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Drevet, Pierre (1663-1738); after Rigaud, Hyacinthe (1659-1763)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Robert de Cotte
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  1722
Materials:  Engraving on laid paper
Measurements:  566 x 390 mm

This print reproduces Hyacinthe Rigaud’s portrait of Robert de Cotte (1656-1735), one of the most significant French architects of his time. Cotte is portrayed as a self-assured figure, dressed in richly embroidered fabrics that indicate his wealth. He is shown seated with a book, compass and ruler, all typical attributes of his profession. Drevet was a friend of Rigaud, who, in 1688, became court painter to Louis XIV, specialising in portraits of the royal family and high-ranking members of society. It was after producing this print that Drevet was officially accepted into the French Academy.

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