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Creator:
David Cox, 1783–1859
Title:

Place St. Barthélemy, Rouen

Former Title(s):

Place Barthelme, Paris

Date:
1829
Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor and graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 10 3/8 x 8 1/2 inches (26.4 x 21.6 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in artist's hand in graphite, lower right: "PLACE S | BARTHELMI"; in graphite, upper center: "blue"; center right: "clue"; upper right: "Tiles"; in the shutter, right: "green"; below shutter: "yellow"; on sign, lower right: "DELACOUR-ROUGELOT Libra[ire]"; upper left: "186"; verso, center: "16/43".

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1975.3.1135
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
arch | architectural subject | buildings | city | cityscape | French | houses | people | plaza | road | signs | street
Associated Places:
Europe | France | Place Saint-Barthélemy | Rouen
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:8261
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The drawing inscribed “Place S Barthelmi,” previously identified as a Parisian view, would seem to show the Place St. Barthélemy in Rouen. According to his biographer Nathaniel Neal Solly, Cox and his son walked from Amiens to Beauvais, stopping there for three days. They then took the diligence (coach) to Paris. This drawing, together with that of the Gros Horloge (cat. 41) indicates that they either made a detour to Rouen on the way to Paris—the route from Calais to Amiens to Beauvais to Paris would be quite direct—or that they returned from Paris by a different route, which took them through Rouen.

Gallery label for Sun, Wind, and Rain - The Art of David Cox (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-10-16 - 2009-01-04)
The fourteenth-century Grosse Horloge is one of the principal landmarks of Rouen, and it was a popular picturesque subject for British artists in northern France. Cox's view of the clock tower has become one of the best known of his French sketches. The drawing inscribed "Place S Barthelmi," previously identified as a Parisian view, would seem to show the Place St. Barthélemy in Rouen. According to Solly, Cox and his son walked from Amiens to Beauvais, stopping there for three days. They then took the diligence (coach) to Paris. These two drawings indicate that they either made a detour to Rouen on the way to Paris - the route from Calais to Amiens to Beauvais to Paris would be quite direct - or that they returned from Paris by a different route, which took them through Rouen.

Scott Wilcox

Scott Wilcox, Sun, wind, and rain : the art of David Cox, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2008, p. 172, no. 42, NJ18 .C829 W542 + Oversize (YCBA)

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2005

Sun, Wind, and Rain - The Art of David Cox (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 2009-01-31 - 2009-05-03) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Sun, Wind, and Rain - The Art of David Cox (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-10-16 - 2009-01-04) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Scott Wilcox, Sun, wind, and rain : the art of David Cox, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2008, p. 172, no. 42, NJ18 .C829 W542 + Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]


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