Architectural Drawing

Curator in charge: Emmanuelle Brugerolles

The collection’s origins go back to the Royal Academy, with works by Nicolas Le Camus de Mézière, Marie-Joseph Peyre and Charles de Wailly, to which the Lesoufaché and Masson collections specialising in architectural and ornament drawings of the 15th to 18th centuries were subsequently added. Other collections of 19th-century architects have also been donated, often concerning their study voyages: Abel Blouet’s mission in the Peloponnese or Jules Laurens’s voyage to Persia. There are some original special collections, such as the series of projects for metal architecture by Louis-Auguste Boileau. Drawings connected to the Ecole’s teaching, as in the architecture prizes (Rome competition, postings, monthly competitions, foundation prizes) span the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, among which, among many others, one finds the names Charles Percier, Henri Labrouste and Tony Garnier. The assorted collections constitute some 45,000 drawings, roughly half of them donations, half of them academic drawings.