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ID number:  BIRBI-2016.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Lewis, F.C. (1779-1856) after Girtin, Thomas (1775-1802)
Title / Object name:  Panoramic View of the Tuileries and Bridge, Paris
Object type:  Print
Place made:  London
Culture:  British
Date made:  1803
Materials:  Etching and aquatint
Measurements:  Plate 19.0 x 46.1 cm; mount 47.7 x 70.7 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from Agnew's, London, 1974; bequeathed by Charles Branchini through the Art Fund.

Small wooden boats bob on the Seine as people and dogs relax on the wide river bank. Rather than focusing on the crowded streets and buildings of Paris, Girtin used a low viewpoint and hazy background to create a sense of space and openness. Girtin was an English painter, draughtsman and printmaker famous for his watercolours and his friendship and rivalry with the artist J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851). These prints were published in 1803 by Girtin’s widow and brother as part of the series Twenty of the most Picturesque Views in Paris and its Environs.

Notes:  Slightly cockling.
cf BM #1897,117.211. Provenance: Agnew's, L., 11xi1974, £75 [receipt #2589; stock #37851] Collection of Charles J. Branchini.

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