North Porch of Chartres Cathedral

Samuel Prout, 1840s early probably

WAG 1075

About this object

This view is an example of a capriccio painting. This term is used to describe works that combine real and imagined architecture and topography to create fantasy views. The right hand side of this watercolour is based on the west doorway of the north transept of Chartres Cathedral near Paris in France. The left hand side of the composition and the buildings in the background are imaginary.

Prout began to make capriccio paintings and watercolours like 'North Porch of Chartres Cathedral' later in his career. This work was probably made in the early 1840s.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Architectural Subject
  • Artist(s)
    Samuel Prout (British: English, born:1783-09-17, died:1852-02-10)
  • Date
    1840s early probably
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    33.3 x 22.5 cm
  • Physical description
    Watercolour view of a group of figures standing within a grand porch. The roof of the porch runs across the top edge of the paper. The internal walls of the porch are decorated with columns, decorative friezes and sculptures of men. More buildings can be seen in the distance through the doorway of the porch.
  • Related people
    Eliza Jane Brocklehurst (Previous owner) ; Samuel Prout (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1075
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by Mrs Eliza Brocklehurst in 1923.
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Previous owners

  • Eliza Jane Brocklehurst

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1923
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery in 1923


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Prout [with SP configuration]
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower left
Object view = Fine Art
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