- Museum number
- Object: Henry de Vic. Constructeur de la première Horloge que l'on vit en France
Henry de Vic in his workshop, seated at table, holding sandglass in left hand; plate 109 as published in 'L'Illustration Nouvelle'. 1870/71
- Production date
Height: 238 millimetres
Width: 158 millimetres (platemark)
- Curator's comments
- Visual Analysis by Pauline Wholey 2019
P. OF HENRY DE VIC
As the engraving entails, ‘manufacturer of the first clock that lived in France,’ Henry de Vic was sent from Germany to Paris by King Charles V in 1370 to create a suitable turret tower clock at the Royal Palace, which he completed in 1379. Charles V gave him a salary (6 sous), free lodging, and a workshop in the tower, which is the background for the portrait of Henri de Vic. In the print, Henri seems to be checking the time of the wall clock with a sandglass, showing a sense of concern for accurate time-keeping. Given its production for the weekly magazine, L'Illustration Nouvelle, it is noticeable in the technique and style of etching that it is produced in the 19th century, despite the originating scene occurring in the 14th century, thereby attesting to the fictional and theatrical characteristic of portraiture.
Rossum, Gerhard Dohrn-van. History of the Hour: Clocks and Modern Temporal Orders. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996.
- Not on display
- Latest: 4 (Feb 1996) Foxing.
- Associated titles
Associated Title: L'Illustration Nouvelle
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The Ilbert Collection of clocks, prints and other related material was destined to be sold at Christie's auction house on 6th-7th November 1958. As a result of the generous donation of funds by Gilbert Edgar CBE the sale was cancelled and the material purchased privately from the beneficiaries of the Ilbert Estate.
Ilbert's watches were then acquired with further funds from Gilbert Edgar CBE, public donations and government funds. These were then registered in the series 1958,1201.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: CAI.2759 (Ilbert Collection)