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A Selection of Twenty of the Most Picturesque Views in Paris: The Water Works at Marli, and St. Germain en Laye seen in the distance
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England, 19th century
Title
A Selection of Twenty of the Most Picturesque Views in Paris: The Water Works at Marli, and St. Germain en Laye seen in the distance
Work Type
Print
Date
1803
Material
softground etching and aquatint printed in brown, hand-colored with watercolor
wove paper
Measurements
Sheet: 45.3 x 63.2 cm (17 13/16 x 24 7/8 in.); Platemark: 22.7 x 54.5 cm (8 15/16 x 21 7/16 in.)
Description
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.
In plate: Drawn & Etch'd by Thos Girtin; Aquatinted by J. B. Harraden; LONDON: Pubd Jan 15, 1803 by John Girtin, No. I, Little Newport Street
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: PR - Etching
Department: Prints
Provenance: [The Brainard Gallery (group of 10 from this series 3/19/93)]
Gift of John Bonebrake
Accession Number
Related Item
Abbey 102, 15b with letters
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
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File Properties
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2006.226_full.tif
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24626123

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