"[grand?] foquet", 1793, not in OED

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Thu Dec 26 18:59:15 UTC 2013

Jean Foquet (also spelled Fouquet and numerous other ways) was an important miniaturist. Maybe it was an optical device that was nicknamed for him?


On Dec 25, 2013, at 7:20 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

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> At 12/25/2013 08:42 PM, John Doe wrote:
>> On Wed, Dec 25, 2013 at 7:40 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
>>> "The grand foquet raises the human countenance, or any other object
>>> from the size of miniature to that of life and reflects it with all
>>> its tints and shades on canvass; so that an exact likeness may be
>>> preserved, tho' so varied in size."
>> I tried "fouquet" - Le Grand Fouquet is the name of a hotel - and I didn't
>> find that, either.
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>> -Wilson
> Yes.  I'm utterly mystified what this is, and why there seem to be no
> other instances in English (aside from a few similar advertisements
> in EAN -- although I haven't yet gone to British newspapers or
> journals, ECCO, etc.).  I even thought of "focus", as in changing
> focal lengths (the "grand foquet" is an optical device, perhaps
> similar to a camera obscura), but I can't tie the knot for "focus" either.
> Joel
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