Pontoise, France

WAG 4536


This pencil drawing show the tower of the 12th century Cathedral of Saint-Maclou in Pontoise, a town northwest of Paris, as it rises above and behind a shops and street below. Pontoise is only about 18 miles from Paris, so this drawing was probably drawn when Poynter was in Paris in 1832. Poynter was later one of the first architects of the serious Gothic revival in England, but this drawing seems rather picturesque than architectural in intention.