Cathedral Interior, Feast Day of St Geneviève

Samuel Gillespie Prout, 1846 possibly

LL 3796

About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Cathedral Interior, Fête of St Geneviève
  • Artist(s)
    Samuel Prout (British: English, born:1783-09-17, died:1852-02-10)
    Samuel Gillespie Prout (British: English, born:1822, died:1911)
  • Date
    1846 possibly
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Gouache; Pen; Ink; Wove paper
  • Measurements
    47.6 cm x 33.3 cm
  • Physical description
    A cathedral interior with many people gathered beneath a large central archway, various decorative designs and statues cover the walls. A flag hangs high on the right and the sun highlights a central statue at the back between two windows.
  • Related people
    William Hesketh Lever (Previous owner) ; James Orrock (Previous owner) ; Samuel Prout (Artist/maker) ; Samuel Gillespie Prout (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    Out of Use Inventory Number: WHL 307
  • Credit line
    Purchased for the Lady Lever Art Gallery by William Hesketh Lever in 1912
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections

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Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: 1912
    How acquired: Bought from James Orrock in 1912
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • James Orrock

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1912
    Disposal method: Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1912


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: S.G. PROUT
    Inscription method: Watercolour
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
  • Inscription text: AVIS / LA FETE DE / STE GENEVIEVE / aura lieu
    Inscription method: Watercolour
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Right
Object view = Fine Art
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