Architect-draftsman Jean-Jacques Lequeu disappeared for the first time in March 1826, having deposited his drawings and notes in the Bibliothèque Royale six months before. Some fifty years later he reappeared in the catalogue of the Bibliothèque Nationale, but he then disappeared again until the mid-1930s, when he was rediscovered by the Viennese architectural historian Emil Kaufmann and somewhat unceremoniously bundled with his archenemies, Claude-Nicolas Ledoux and Étienne-Louis Boullée, as a “revolutionary architect.”1 He then disappeared yet again until 1968, when the Bibliothèque Nationale sent a selection of his drawings to Houston, Texas, for the exhibition Visionary Architects: Boullée, Ledoux, Lequeu, the catalogue for which featured an...

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