Archives and manuscripts
Papermaking, France, 18th century
- Ecrevisse, Jean-Guillaume, 1734-1787
About this work
Reports by Jean-Guillaume Ecrevisse (1734-1787), papermaker, on improved papermaking techniques, submitted to Nicolas Desmarest (1725-1815), c.1775.
2 volumes and one wrapper
Purchased from an unknown Parisian dealer, probably either Degrange or Charavay, in about October 1933 (acc. 66365).
The reports are undated but were probably written at some time between 1774, when Ecrevisse seems first to have come to the attention of the Académie des Sciences, and 1776, when he took Desmarest and others on a tour of papermaking facilities in Flanders and Holland. Ecrevisse describes Desmarest in the reports as 'membre de l'académie Royalle des sciences et inspecteur des manufactures': although the latter did not become inspector-general and director of manufactures until 1788, when Ecrevisse was already dead, the designation probably refers to his earlier office as inspector of manufactures of Champagne, to which he was appointed in 1771.