- Museum number
Interior of the Cour Royal; with figures on steps and others seated near two statues, another group on a balcony
Watercolour, strengthened with gum, and bodycolour
- Production date
Height: 260 millimetres
Width: 177 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Label text (added 2003): The drawing shows figures accosting a lawyer in the Cour Royale, near a door labelled Greffe - the office of the clerk of the court. Jean-Baptiste Isabey was a pupil of Girardet and Claudot and later worked with David. His abilities as a miniaturist are reflected in the high finish of the present watercolour, but he also worked as a painter and lithographer.
He enjoyed considerable official success, being nominated premier peintre to the Empress Joséphine, and he later worked in turn for Louis XVIII, Charles X, Louis-Philippe and Napoleon III.
The drawing must date from after 1815, when the royal status of the Court of Justice was restored after the fall of Napoleon.
Attached to inner part of mount is an exhibition label (?) bearing the name "Poselthwaite"
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1996, BM, French Drawings from the BM, (no cat.)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: TG.4952