Louis Nicolas de Lespinasse

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Louis Nicolas de Lespinasse

View of Two Banks of the Seine, Paris

Pen and brown ink and watercolor, heightened with white, over preliminary drawing in graphite; fine ruled border in pen and black ink
12 7/8 x 24 13/16 inches (326 x 630 mm)

Purchased on the Lois and Walter C. Baker Fund

Item description: 

Lespinasse, whose precision and finesse as a topographical draftsman were virtually unmatched in eighteenth-century France, was at the height of his ability when he made this view of Paris overlooking the Pont Notre-Dame with the Pont Marie in the background. The bell tower of the Hôtel de Ville and the towers of the churches Saint-Jean en Grève and Saint-Gervais appear on the left side of the drawing. On the right is the Ile de la Cité with one of the towers of Notre-Dame just visible.