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A Selection of Twenty of the Most Picturesque Views in Paris: View of Pont de la Tournelle & Notre Dame taken from the Arsenal

Frederick Christian Lewis, Thomas Girtin1802

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Girtin, along with his rival J. M. W. Turner, extended the technical possibilities of watercolor and in doing so demonstrated that watercolors could have the visual impact of oils. His reduction of landscape to simple and monumental forms, his panoramic compositions, and his sensitivity to natural effects, such as cloud formations, influenced subsequent generations of watercolor painters. Anxious to take advantage of the Peace of Amiens (October 1, 1801), Girtin went to Paris to see the artistic treasures brought back from Italy by Napoleon and installed in the Louvre. He made graphite sketches of the city and its environs and upon his return to London made etchings based on his drawings. Girtin died of tuberculosis shortly thereafter, and the series was published by his widow and brother.

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  • Title: A Selection of Twenty of the Most Picturesque Views in Paris: View of Pont de la Tournelle & Notre Dame taken from the Arsenal
  • Creator: Thomas Girtin (British, 1775-1802), Frederick Christian Lewis (British, 1779-1856)
  • Date Created: 1802
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 19.9 x 48.7 cm (7 13/16 x 19 3/16 in.); Image: 15.1 x 44.5 cm (5 15/16 x 17 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2006.243
  • Medium: softground etching and aquatint printed in brown
  • Inscriptions: Lower margin, in pencil: Pont de la Tounelle & Notre Dame - Early proof
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: England, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of John Bonebrake
  • Collection: PR - Etching
  • Accession Number: 2006.243

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