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Based on an architectural sketch of Jacques-Francois Blondel depicting “The Hotel de Lassay” inParis (1752) from “Architecture Francoise, Tome 1, Livre 2, Chapitre 23.”

In his clear and rational Architecture françoise, a four-volume work published from 1752 to 1756,  Jacques-Francois Blondel covered the past century and more of French buildings in and near Paris, setting them in their historical context and providing a wealth of detailed information that would otherwise have been lost. In the preface he remarked, “I have used simple terms and a popular style with the intention of being understood by layman and artist alike; having noticed that recent books about architecture are either badly organised or over long.” He originally planned eight volumes, but only the first four were published. The work brought him to official notice; he was inducted into the Academie d’ Architecture in 1755 and appointed architect to Louis XV.