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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Cartoon for Printed Cotton: The Four Elements [Les Quatre Elements]", 1810–20

type: Drawing

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Vertical rectangle. Within vertically-arranged ornamental arabesques are: upper left, Juno seated in a chariot drawn over the clouds by peacocks, while kneeling zephyrs facing each other (personifying Air) support the vignette; lower left, Vulcan forging armor, and supporting, while two cyclopes (personifying fire) support the vignette; upper right, sirens supporting the vignette with Venus (below); center right, Saturn seated in a landscape, attended by animals, his right arm resting on a globe, while two standing Herculeses (personifying Earth) support the vignette; lower right, Venus born over water on a shell, accompanied by two tortoises (personifying water). In the center of the composition and along the left edge are vertical strips composed of trophies symbolizing the elements (uncompleted).


Bonaventure M. Lebert
Hartmann et Fils Manufactory
Bridget Mahon


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