Clément Pierre Marillier

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Clément Pierre Marillier
1740-1808
Serpent at the base of an altar
Pen and ink with sepia wash over graphite, on paper.
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (90 x 90 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
2003.23:2
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From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
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One of a set of six drawings by Marillier for vignettes to illustrate an unidentified publication.

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Drawing shows a stricken serpent coiled around the base of an altar billowing smoke, with an open copy of Holbach's Système de la nature at its tail and lightening depicted in the background.

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