[Drop-title]: Considérations sur l’Etat actuel des Arts, sur les Concours de Peinture, Sculpture, Architecture et Gravure, et sur le Mode de Jugement; Publiées par la Société Républicaine des Arts, et présentées à la Convention Nationale.

Woodcut head-piece on first page. 12 pp. Small 8vo (196 x 127 mm.), modern marbled wrappers, stitched. N.p.: n.d. [ca. 1794-95].

First edition of this scarce pamphlet on the cultivation of the arts in Revolutionary France, stressing the importance and utility of the fine arts for the French state. It also alludes to (and criticizes) David’s role in the downfall of the Commune des Arts. At the end are the printed signatures of Etienne Eynard (president) and Tardieu (secretary), members of the newly formed Société Républicaine des Arts.

From page 4 (in trans.): “But it is necessary that our buildings, our squares, our porticos, our gates, our arsenals, our public passages, etc., demonstrate to Europe the character, the power and the enlightenment of a great nation.”

A fine copy.

❧ Martin & Walter, Catalogue de l’histoire de la Révolution française (Reprint: 1936-55), Vol. II, 12940. M. Tourneux, Bibliographie de l’histoire de Paris pendant la Révolution française (1900), Vol. III, 19866.

Price: $350.00

Item ID: 7354

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