Eaux-Fortes sur Paris (Etchings of Paris): Le Pont Neuf (The New Bridge),

Charles Meryon, Auguste Delâtre, 1853

WAG 546

About this object

Charles Meryon led the etching revival in France. He stood apart from his contemporaries through his unique subject matter and his meticulous subtlety of execution. Le Pont Neuf is one of 25 etchings of Paris he made between 1850 and 1854. During this time Paris under went much modernisation, altering its medieval character.

Impressions from the Etchings of Paris were exhibited at the 'Exposition Universelle', a world fair held in Paris in 1855. It is possible that Whistler and Haden visited the exhibition together. Meryon’s views of the riverbank and streets along the River Seine were instantly popular with print collectors. Haden owned prints by Meryon which Whistler would have studied with great interest.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Etchings of Paris: The New Bridge; Eaux-Fortes sur Paris: Le Pont Neuf; Eaux-Fortes sur Paris: Le Pont Neuf ; Eaux-Fortes sur Paris (Etchings of Paris): Le Pont Neuf (The New Bridge),
  • Artist(s)
    Charles Meryon (French, born:1821, died:1868)
    Auguste Delâtre (French, born:1822, died:1907-07-26)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Paper; Etching
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 16.7 cm x 16.2 cm
  • Physical description
    Bridge with arches over water at right with buildings at left. City and smoking chimneys visible in the background.
  • Related people
    Auguste Delâtre (Artist/maker) ; Charles Meryon (Artist/maker) ; James Smith (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 546
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by James Smith of Blundellsands in 1927
  • Location
    Sudley House, First Floor, Special Exhibitions Room
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


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


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