Attributed to Hippolyte-Louis Durand

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Attributed to Hippolyte-Louis Durand
Elevation. (Theater at Moulins, Allier, France)
Pen and black ink and wash, over graphite, on paper; double framing line in pen and black ink.
16 x 23 5/8 inches (406 x 599 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Donald M. Oenslager, 1982.

Inscribed variously in pen and black ink, at upper left, "VILLE DE MOULINS. / SALLE DE SPECTACLE"; at upper right, "ELEVATION / No 10"; inscribed on building, "DESCENTE A COUVERT"; stamped in blue ink at lower right, "Vu au Conseil / des Batiments Civils", and inscribed in pen and brown ink below this, "le 2 juin 1840"; inscribed at lower right, "La folie nous suit dans tous les temps de la vie".

David Blissett, London; Donald M. Oenslager, New York.

Watermark: fragment of J WHATMAN TURKEY MILL.
This drawing belongs to a group of three sheets (Acc. No. 1990.28:2 and Acc. No. 1990.28:3) which were probably entries for the competition to design the theater at Moulins that was completed in 1853, and is attributed to Durand.

Associated names: 

Blissett, David, former owner.
Oenslager, Donald, 1902-1975, former owner.