Pierre Drevet (1663-1738), after Hyacinthe Rigaud (1659-1763)
Portrait of Robert de Cotte
Engraving on laid paper
566 x 390 mm
This print reproduces Hyacinthe Rigaud’s portrait of Robert de Cotte (1656-1735), one of the most significant French architects of his time. Cotte is portrayed as a self-assured figure, dressed in richly embroidered fabrics that indicate his wealth. He is shown seated with a book, compass and ruler, all typical attributes of his profession. Drevet was a friend of Rigaud who, in 1688, became court painter to Louis XIV, specialising in portraits of the royal family and high-ranking members of society. It was after producing this print that Drevet was officially accepted into the French Academy.