Colbert Visiting the Gobelins

Artist: Sébastien Leclerc I (French, Metz 1637–1714 Paris)

Date: ca. 1665

Medium: Etching

Dimensions: Sheet: 5 11/16 x 9 3/8 in. (14.5 x 23.8 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1953

Accession Number: 53.600.2612


This etching illustrates a visit to the Gobelins workshops by Colbert de Villacerf, Surintendant des Bâtiments du Roi from 1691 to 1699. The workers are in the process of hanging one of a set of tapestries depicting the Story of Alexander, woven for Louis XIV after designs by Charles Le Brun.