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Fanciful Costumes: Costume of the Fireworks Maker

Fanciful Costumes: Costume of the Fireworks Maker

c. 1690
(French, 1638–1694)
Sheet: 31.6 x 21.5 cm (12 7/16 x 8 7/16 in.); Platemark: 28.3 x 19.5 cm (11 1/8 x 7 11/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Inventaire du Fonds Français vol. VI, p. 551, no. 14
Location: not on view


These two prints are from a series of about 70 fanciful portrayals of various trades and skills. The astrologer is decorated with the twelve astrological signs arranged in order, while the helmet of the fireworks maker appears to spray its own tuft of pyrotechnics into the sky. The astrologer also stands before a building labeled as an observatory, a telescope on its roof, and the costume of the fireworks maker resembles protective armor.
  • Inventive Impressions: 18th- and 19-Century French Prints. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (August 26-October 28, 2001).
    The Cleveland Museum of Art; 8/26/01-10/28/01. "Inventive Impressions: 18th- and 19th-Century French Prints".
  • {{cite web|title=Fanciful Costumes: Costume of the Fireworks Maker|url=false|author=Nicolas de Larmessin II|year=c. 1690|access-date=19 May 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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