Perpendicular Section of the Verdiers Mill

The date of this design’s creation and the location of the mill it depicts—the town of Guiseniers, between Rouen and Paris—suggest that Lequeu executed it during one of his frequent stays at his granduncle’s residence there. The detailed rendering and precisely numbered list of components elaborate on an illustration of rustic agriculture in Denis Diderot and Jean Le Rond d’Alembert’s Encyclopédie (1751–66), which Lequeu studied closely.

Jean-Jacques Lequeu (1757–1826)
Perpendicular Section of the Verdiers Mill, 1778
Pen and black ink, brown and gray wash, watercolor
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Departement des Estampes et de la photographie