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Architectural Study, France, Recueil Elementaire d’Architecture, Neufforge, French Antique Prints, 1757-80


Jean-Francois de Neufforge (1714-1791) (artist and engraver)
Recueil Élémentaire d’Architecture
Neufforge, Paris: 1757-68, 1772-80
Copperplate engravings, uncolored
8.5 x 13.75 inches ruled border, average approximate
10.25 x 16 inches overall, average approximate
$375 each

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A comprehensive series of architectural studies of facades, exteriors and interiors of French and other Continental architecture. Detail studies include doorways, pediments, windows, fireplaces, fences, gates, columns, stairways, vases, and interior paneling. Some of the designs include floor plans in the lower portion, while others are solely floor plans. The work includes a variety of architectural styles, notably the neoclassical style that became popular when these were produced, during the second half of the 18th century.

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According to The Grove Dictionary of Art:

“It is a traditional architect’s pattern-book but is of unprecedented scope, containing virtually every type of civic and domestic building then known, including such structures as prisons and lighthouses that had only recently been considered worthy of an architect’s attention. In addition, it covers such topics as interior decoration, gardens and methods of construction. In his designs for domestic architecture, Neufforge included models to suit every level of patron, from the most modest to the most aristocratic. The designs draw both on antiquity and the High Renaissance, and the Recueil was extensively used as a source-book throughout the late 18th century.”

Jean-François de Neufforge was a Flemish architect and engraver. He arrived in Paris around 1738 and studied engraving there. Neufforge’s great work was the Recueil Élémentaire d’Architecture containing roughly 900 architectural engravings, nearly all of which he both designed and engraved.

Additional publication information: “Composé Par le Sieur de Neufforge Architecte. A Paris Chez l’auteur Rue St. Jacques au Chariot d’Or. Avec Privilége du Roy.”


“Jean-François de Neufforge.” The Grove Dictionary of Art. New York: Macmillan. 2000.

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18th Century