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Eight heads showing human passions. Etching by Taylor, 1788, after C. Le Brun.

  • Le Brun, Charles, 1619-1690
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[1788]
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26878i
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Le Brun's depiction of the passions is supported by his theory of the passions, which is set out in his Conférence de M. Le Brun sur l'expression générale et particulière (Paris: E. Picard, 1698). In Cartesian style, each compound passion is an organisation of the six simple passions of admiration, love, hatred, desire, joy and sadness. For instance, jealousy is a composite of love and hate; despair "is a strong persuasion of not being able to obtain what we desire"

Publication/Creation

London (The Kings Arms, no. 17 Paternoster Row) : Alex.r Hogg, [1788]

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 35 x 22.3 cm

Lettering

The human passions. Taylor sculp. ...

Lettering note

Each image labelled. Top left: Desire. Top right: Fear. Below: Hope. Centre Left: Sorrow. Centre right: Love. Below: Rage. Bottom left: Weeping. Bottom right: Admiration

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 26878i

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