Partie de la Cite de Paris vers la fin du XVII siècle, (Part of the City of Paris in the late seventeenth century)

Meryon, Charles; Delâtre, Auguste, 1861

WAG 4950

About this object

Meryon left the Navy in 1846 to take up painting. He soon abandoned this for etching after he discovered he was partially colour-blind. He suffered from mental illness from 1858 and died in an asylum at the age of 47.

This work, showing the left bank of the Seine between pont Notre Dame and the pont au Change, was printed by Delâtre. Delâtre is the only person Whistler trusted to print his plates, and it was Delâtre who printed Whistler’s first series of etchings 'Douze Eaux-Fortes d'après Nature' (Twelve Etchings from Nature) in 1858.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Partie de la Cite de Paris vers la fin du XVII siècle (Part of the City of Paris in the late seventeenth century)
  • Artist(s)
    Charles Meryon (French, born:1821, died:1868)
    Auguste Delâtre (French, born:1822, died:1907-07-26)
  • Date
    1861
  • Materials
    Etching; Paper
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 12.9 cm x 29 cm
  • Physical description
    View of buildings with arched bridge at left and water in the foreground. Long inscription below image.
  • Related people
    Auguste Delâtre (Artist/maker); Charles Meryon (Artist/maker); James Smith (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 4950
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by James Smith of Blundellsands in 1927
  • Location
    Lady Lever Art Gallery, Room 15, Whistler & Pennell: Etching the City Exhibition
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • James Smith

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1927
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery

Inscriptions

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