Pied de lumière - interior study
Single-sided sheet, 6.25 x 8.25 inches, loosely mounted in 14 x 11 acid-free mat and archival sleeve. Very Good condition with expected light soil and age toning. From a mid-19th century French student manuscript on architectural and mechanical drafting containing notes for computational and perspective drawing, studies on light and shade, reflection, etc. This drawing shows the trajectory of light and shadows emanating from a hanging pendant lamp. Elements of perspective articulated in ink, with an odd selection of fixtures rendered in charcoal at improbable scales—a tiny chair, looming window with soft curtains, suspended metal cage almost big enough for the chair, tilted wall fixture. An odd, moody image that's markedly different from this student's usual fine draftsmanship.