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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

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

type: Drawing

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Horizontal rectangle. A design composed of four vignettes separated by wreaths: upper left, Apollo and Daphne (personifying Air); lower left, Jupiter and an eagle (personifying Fire); upper right, a river god (personifying Water); lower right, Deucalion and Pyrrha (personifying Earth). In center, a trophy composed of a torch, bow and quiver suspended from a garland, and a pair of doves appears at the repeat horizontally. Wreaths encircle the vignettes showing Air and Earth.


Bonaventure M. Lebert
Bridget Mahon


Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design