- Museum number
View of Louvain with the Vleminckx Chapel at the centre with St Michael's church behind, from an album of 54 landscape drawings and watercolours; fields in the foreground, with a small church and a larger building beyond, town in distance to left
- Production date
- 1815 (around)
Height: 245 millimetres (album)
Height: 119 millimetres (drawing)
Width: 323 millimetres (album)
Width: 201 millimetres (drawing)
- Curator's comments
- This drawing is one of 54 from an album by Thomas Stoney (2016,7006.1.1 to 54) which includes views of the battlefields of Quatre Bras and Waterloo, as well as views in or of Holyhead, Dublin, Zalk, Louvain, Harlingen, Florence and some portraits, many inscribed with locations. Some drawings have been removed from the album and 15 pages may have been removed before the album was acquired by the Museum, some album pages are blank. The drawings are mainly in graphite and watercolour, some in monochrome wash and are still mounted on the album page unless stated otherwise. The album has marbled boards with leather corners and spine, titled on spine 'Sketches/Various/&/ Waterloo/ T. Stoney'. The drawings were later owned by Sylvain van der Weyer, who Stoney tutored in English in Louvain in the 1810s and were probably placed in the album by van der Weyer. Its later history is not known. A number of the drawings from the album were removed to be displayed in the exhibition 'Bonaparte and the British', where they were discussed under catalogue number 145 (see catalogue written by Sheila O'Connell and Tim Clayton, 2015). Those drawings are now kept with the mounted British drawings in the department.
Yves Vanhellemont (email August 2020): 'the most exciting and interesting view of the city of Leuven: central on the image we see (again) the Vleminckx chapel (but seen from another, almost opposite, point of view). On its right, more in the distance, the baroque St Michael's church. The painter stood 'somewhere' in the so-called 'Vleminckx-field', a huge rural area between the two city walls, nowadays completely filled with houses from the 18th and 20th century'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015, 5 Feb-31 Aug, London, British Museum, Bonaparte and the British, no. 145 (this drawing not displayed)
2018-2019, Oct 4 – 27 Jan, London, BM G90, New Acquisitions: Gozzoli to Kara Walker [open to fol. 43]
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The album presumably passed through van der Weyer's descendants; whereabouts unknown until purchased by William Drummond in 1970s, from whom the BM acquired it in 2016.
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.
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