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ID number:  BIRBI-2016.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Lewis, F.C. (1779-1856) after Girtin, Thomas (1775-1802)
Title / Object name:  View of the Gate of St. Denis, Paris
Object type:  Print
Place made:  London
Culture:  British
Date made:  1803
Materials:  Etching and aquatint
Measurements:  Plate 22.9 x 48.9 cm; mount 47.7 x 70.7 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from Agnew's, London, 1974; bequeathed by Charles Branchini through the Art Fund.

Elegant ladies in the latest fashions and well dressed naval officers stroll through the busy streets of Paris while merchants and shoppers go about their business. The imposing archway was commissioned by Louis XIV to mark the medieval boundary of the city. Like many artists and tourists, Girtin took advantage of the Peace of Amiens (1801) to travel to Paris. France and Britain had been at war since the execution of Louis XVI in 1793 and foreign travel on the continent had been severely restricted.

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