Copperplate engraving on hand laid paper with watermark, not visible on every sheet.
The overall size is 26.5 x 41 cm. The image size is 21.5 x 34.5 cm.
Unframed. Mount sold separately.
‘Chirurgie’. (Surgery.) This original copperplate engraving is from: ‘The Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société de Gens de lettres.’ which was published under the direction of Diderot and d’Alembert, with 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates between 1751 and 1772. It contained 72,000 articles written by more than 140 contributors. This encyclopedia was a massive reference work for the arts and sciences, as well as a means to propagate the ideas of the French Enlightment. The impact of this encyclopedia was enormous.
Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was a French philosopher, art critic and writer. Jean le Rond d’Alembert (1717-1783) was a French mathematician, mechanician, physicist and philosopher.