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Aspect Général de Londres, vue prise de l'Abbaye de Westminster].
Paris Appert. c. 1850 - Engraving with aquatint. Dimensions: 515 by 830mm (20.25 by 32.7 inches). The high vantage point is one of the towers of Westminster Abbey; the view of the Abbey in the foreground was ingeniously fabricated rather than observed. It does not show Victoria Street, opened 1851. Two mysterious tents are to be seen on the Lambeth waterfront between Westminster and Hungerford Bridges. Trains run to Waterloo Station, opened in 1848. The author of the print is, in later editions, given as 'Chapuis' [sic], but it seems more likely to have been the topographical draughtsman and lithographer Nicolas-Marie-Joseph Chapuy than any other artist spelling his name in the same way. The French-looking red-tiled roofs in the foreground suggest a foreigner's unfamiliarity with the English scene. A related drawing, measuring 532 by 1485mm. (21 by 58.5") was auctioned at Christies, 21 June 1974 (lot 167), and a related oil painting measuring 546 by 1498mm. (21.5 by 59") was auctioned at Christies South Kensington on 5 September 2002. It was purchased by Christopher Wood. This painting was a copy of the sixth state of the print. The print appears to be one of a series of bird's-eye views of major European cities: an 'Aspect Général de Rome' by Appert, an 'Aspect Général de Naples' by Appert after A. Testard, and an 'Aspect Général de Paris' after A. Testard have all been seen. The Bibliothèque Nationale's 'Inventaire du Fonds Français après 1808, vol 1', lists an edition of the London 'Aspect' printed in 1857 by Chardon. It also mentions A. Appert bird's-eye view of St. Petersburg. The Fogg Art Museum has a proof before letters, the image of which appears to correspond with this. The present example is in the fifth state (of seven) with King's Cross Station added. Barbican Art Gallery 'The Image of London' - Views by Travellers and Emigrés 1550-1920' (London: Trefoil Publications, 1987), 121, p145. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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