- Museum number
- Series: Selection of Twenty of the most Picturesque Views in Paris, and it's environs
Plate 1: View of the Thuilleries and Bridge, taken from the Quay d'Orsai: view from the Quay d'Orsay, with figures on the bank to the right; the river on the left with boats, the bridge on the background and the Tuileries Palace to the left; scratched-letter state. 1802
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Height: 251 millimetres
Width: 522 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Series bound together by the BM, including 2 states (soft-ground etching by Girtin and added aquatint). This also includes ocasional soft-ground etchings with wash and watercolour by Girtin.
The album is organized with the first series of soft-ground etchings with scratched lettered inclduing title-page and dedication page (unnumbered), with the last two plates (19 and 20) bound in the wrong order. The second series/state includes the aquatint added, and the etching with the wash and watercolur bound before when that was available; the two last plates (19 and 20) also bound in the wrong order.
The title-page to the first series is lettered: "Selection of Twenty of the most Picturesque / Views in / Paris, / and it's environs, / Drawn and Etched / In the year 1802, by the late / Thomas Girtin; / Being the Only Etchings of that Celebrated Artist: / [masked] / London: Pub. March 22. 1803, by M.A. & John Girtin, No 1, Little Newport Street, Soho. // Writen & Engraved / by / Yno Girtin".
The dedication to the first series has an etching of two lions with a shield of amrs between them by Girtin ("Engraved by Jno Girtin") at the top and is lettered: "To the Right Honorable / George Earl of Essex, / Lord Lieutenant of the County of Hereford. / &c &c &c / My Lord, / Your noble Patronage of the following Work in addition to the many favors / bestowed on my late Brother, during his progress in the Arts, is, much as I regret the occasion, become / the pleasing duty on my part to acknowledge_ Incapable however of expression, adequate to my feelings, / I can only assure your Lordship, I am perfectly susceptible of the honor conferr'd, and that I entertain / the most grateful sense of your Lordship's condescension; / And have the honor to be / My Lord, / with the greatest respect, / Your Lordship's / Most Obliged and Obedt Servt / John Girtin", dates and production details: "April 4, 1803 / No 4 Little Newport Street, / Soho. // Engraved by Jno Girtin".
Title-page to the second series with same text, added on the masked part: "And Aquatinted in exact Imitation of the Original Drawings, / In the Collection of the / Rt Honble the Earl of Essex.".
Dedication to the second series exactly the same as the first.
Written on spine of bound volume: "Girtin's Views in Paris".
For a later state of this print, see 1855,0609.1805 on the same bound volume.
- Not on display
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