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Study for the first of the two large views of Paris showing the Louvre on far bank and on the near side the tower (tour de Nesle) (Lieure 667); with rope across the river Seine to play 'jeu de l'oyson tiré'. 1629
Black chalk with some ruled red chalk lines
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Height: 162 millimetres
Width: 340 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For the pair see 1861,0713.2.
Etched in the same sense with numerous changes, most notably the omission of the rope across the river with a water joust replacing it, in one of a pair of Paris views (Meaume 713; Lieure 667; impressions of first two of four states in the BM: 1861,0713.953-954 also from the Scarisbrick collection). The print is not dated but Callot must have drawn this and the companion study (1861,0713.2) in 1629 when he was in Paris, staying with his friend and editor Israël Henriet, while working on his monumental 'Siege of La Rochelle' etching. His print represents the games on the Seine held every 25 August. In 1629 the game of 'jeu de l'oyson tiré' is known to have taken place to celebrate the return of Louis XIII after his conquest of La Rochelle. The two plates were probably etched in Nancy in 1630, where Callot had gone following the death of his father that year, as the first two states do not bear the 'excudit' of Henriet, for the dating see D. Ternois in Callot catalogue of 1992, pp. 317-319.
Lit.: D. Ternois, 'Jacques Callot: catalogue complet de son oeuvre dessiné', Paris, 1962, no. 903, p. 128; Idem in exhib. cat., Nancy, Musée Historique Lorrain, 'Jacques Callot: 1592-1635', 1992, under no. 436, p. 318, illustrated on p. 317 (with incorrect caption details)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1990 April-Aug, BM, Treasures of P&D (no cat.)
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- Acquisition notes
- The first of a large collection of prints by Callot and other in his circle, along with numerous prints that were then thought to have some relation to Callot. There were also a few drawings (1861,0713.1 to 1695). It was purchased at the Charles Scarisbrick sale, Christie's 14 May 1861, as a single lot 475. The entry reads: '1680 engravings by Callot, containing several drawings, proofs and unfinished plates, in five portfolios. A most valuable and complete collection of this master's works. From the Baron Verstolk's collection.' It was purchased by the BM through Colnaghi for £199 6s, together with 4 other prints: a niello (lot 425) and two prints by Schongauer (lots 227 and 240, the latter including one other print).
Carpenter's report to the Trustees states that the collection previously belonged to de Vries. He may be identified with one of the auctioneers of the Verstolk sale, where the Callot albums were bought by Brondgeest, his colleague (information from Hans Buijs). It is very likely that Verstolk had acquired his collection more or
less complete: it is so fine that it may well have been put together in the XVIIc. (AVG)
The acquisition register adds the extra information that the collection had belonged to 'Wilson'; the natural assumption that this is Thomas Wilson is made doubtful by the fact that no such collection is described in his printed catalogue of 1828 (see pp.250-2).
According to Ternois, this pair of drawings (1861,0713.1 and 2) was in the Jullienne sale of 1767, no.697, where it was acquired by François de Montullé.
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