Design for a Palace
  • Jean-Charles Delafosse
  • Paris 1734 - 1789
  • Design for a Palace
  • Pen and brown ink over traces of black chalk,
    grey wash, on paper,
  • signed with pen and brown ink lower left: J.C. Delafosse
  • 170 × 221 mm
A. Sigwalt, Paris (1875-?), (Lugt 175)

Jean-Charles Delafosse was one of the most imaginative and productive draughtsman of décor, sculptures, and architecture during the reign of Louis XVI. A particularly soft pen-stroke and brilliantly ephemeral, usually monochromatic use of wash characterise his diverse works on paper.

Delafosse designed emblems, trophies and funerary monuments, façades and portals, chimneypieces, furniture, and models for goldsmiths. Many of these drawings were engraved by contemporaries and published in albums.