Oeuvres de Jean Racine

Author: Written by Jean Racine (French, baptized 1639–1699 Paris)

Illustrator: Illustrated by Pierre Paul Prud'hon (French, Cluny 1758–1823 Paris)

Illustrator: Illustrated by Jean Guillaume Moitte (French, Paris 1746–1810 Paris)

Illustrator: Illustrated by Anne Louis Girodet-Trioson (French, Montargis 1767–1824 Paris)

Illustrator: Illustrated by Taunai (French, active early 19th century)

Illustrator: Illustrated by Antoine Denis Chaudet (French, Paris 1763–1810 Paris)

Engraver: Engraved by Jean-Baptiste-Michel Dupréel (French, active 1787–1817)

Publisher: Published by Pierre Didot l'ainé (French, 1761–1853) , Paris

Illustrator: Illustrated by baron François Gérard (French, Rome 1770–1837 Paris)

Published in: Paris

Date: 1801

Medium: Printed book with engraved illustrations

Dimensions: Overall: 19 11/16 x 13 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (50 x 35 x 7 cm)

Classification: Books

Credit Line: Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and The Elisha Whittelsey Funds; and Gift of John Sise, by exchange, 1958

Accession Number: 58.635.1(1)


This is the first volume of Didot's three-volume The Works of Racine. It inaugurated the third part of his suite of luxury volumes known as the "Louvre editions." Along with the first installment in the project, The Works of Virgil (1798), it features full-page illustrations instead of headpieces. The illustrations were designed by six painters and two sculptors, and engraved by a host of printmakers. Each play was illustrated wholly by one artist, so that a continuity of style and interpretation was established within each unit of the book. This consistency was not extended to the printmakers, however, which perhaps resulted in more variation than Didot had intended for the images.