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ID number:  BIRBI-2011.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Isabey, Eugene (1803-1886)
Title / Object name:  The Church of Valery at Varengeville
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  Normandy
Culture:  French
Date made:  probably 1850s or 1860s
Materials:  Pencil and watercolour on paper
Measurements:  320 x 235 mm; mount: 400 x 320 mm

This drawing is of interest as an alternative and near-contemporary view of the subject of the Barber’s great painting by Monet. It is also a fine sketch from nature in its own right. It would have been made on one of Isabey’s several trips to the Normandy village of Varengeville and the area during the 1850s and 1860s. The cliff-top church of St Valéry dates back to around 600AD. The celebrated Cubist artist Georges Braque (1882-1963) designed a stained glass window for the church and is buried in its graveyard.

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