Special Collections Department
Gabriel Perelle Collection
Graphics Collection Number: 104
Extent: One folder, 6 items.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: 1996 by Iris Snyder.
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Table of Contents
Gabriel Perelle (1604-1677) was one of a French family of artists. He studied drawing
with Daniel Rabel. He started making etchings in 1635; his first plates showed the influence of
Flemish landscape artists. About 1655 his work began to evolve toward depicting nature in a
more dramatic aspect, animated by waterfalls and buildings. Although he etched some prints
after other artists, he mainly worked from his own drawings. His many landscapes, seaports, and
pastoral scenes were generally drawn from his imagination. He often worked with his sons and
pupils Adrien and Adam Perelle, whose work is often difficult to differentiate from the father's.
He gave up printmaking around 1665 and turned to drawing maps and plans for the king.
The Dictionary of Art.
New York: Macmillan, 1996.
Scope and Content Note
The Perelle Collection consists of six untitled landscape etchings. Each print is marked
in the plate "Perelle inuentor et fecit" and "Mariette excudit cum Privilegio" and numbered 1
through 6. Each sheet measures 29.5 cm. by 20 cm.
Folder -- Contents
F1 [Ruins with arch] 29.5 x 20 cm.
F2 [Shepherd with rocks and trees] 29.5 x 20 cm.
F3 [Animals wading with sitting shepherd] 29.5 x 20 cm.
F4 [Small building and fisherman] 29.5 x 20 cm.
F5 [Building with stone bridge] 29.5 x 20 cm.
F6 [Trees and rocks with building in distance] 29.5 x 20 cm.
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