I was walking down a street near the Musée de Cluny (the Rue de l’Ecole de Médicine to be precise), I spotted an inscription recording that it was the location of the Ancienne Ecole Royale de Dessin, which was established in 1767.   In all the literature about the establishment of the Royal Academy (which is itself devoted to ‘the arts of design’), I have never seen any reference to the fact that the French King had given his blessing to an official drawing school which had been established in 1766 in what was then the rue des Cordeliers by Jean-Jacques Bachelier.   After various increases in its responsibilities to include the mechanical arts in 1823, it became L’École nationale des arts decoratifs’ in 1873.   But it still retains a fine relief of Architecture flanking its entrance portal and inside is what I suspect is the original drawing school:-

École Royale de Dessin


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