Cathedral Interior, Feast Day of St Geneviève

LL 3796


The location of this highly elaborate late Gothic chapel awaits identification. Sainte Geneviève is the patron saint of Paris, but this chapel does not exist in any church in the capital. The medieval abbey dedicated to her there was deconsecrated during the French Revolution and demolished in 1808. The feast day of the saint is on 3 January and it would have been celebrated throughout France. This watercolour was presumably made during Prout's French tour in 1846. His watercolours on this scale and level of ambition date mainly from the later 1840s.