In the Beaux-Arts school of Architecture students were required to produce a sketch design in 15 minutes or so and stick to this throughout the project. Presumably this was so that whenever one was stuck all that had to be done was to return to the original esquisse. Also, playing on the idea that the original concept is the best.

Es`quisse" (?), n. [F. See Sketch.] Fine Arts

The first sketch of a picture or model of a statue.


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