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Charles Meryon, Le Rue des Toiles a Bourges
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TITLE:  Le Rue des Toiles a Bourges
ARTIST:  Charles Meryon (French, 1821–1868)
WORK DATE:  1853
CATEGORY:  Prints and Multiples
MATERIALS:  etching
MARKINGS:  signed and inscribed in the plate
SIZE:  8 1/2 x 4 5/8, the sheet 13 x 8 7/8 inches
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Harris Schrank Fine Prints  +1-212-662-1234  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Reference: Schneiderman 31, Delteil 55. Fifth state (of 9) In very good condition with only the slightest toning, with wide/full margins, on an ivory laid D&C Blauw paper, with their watermark and archival matting.

A very fine early impression of this intermediate state, several states before publication, printed in a dark brown/black ink.

In this state the composition of the print is basically set, but a number of changes were still unmade. The inscription at the bottom (signature, date and address), added in the third state, are here covered with an etching line; in the next state these inscriptions were removed. The date on the chimney (1853), entered in the first state, is half effaced; it will be removed in the next state. The little dog in the roadway will be removed in the next state, and later replaced by a soldier in a medieval outfit talking with two women.

Meryon took great interest in medieval architecture, and in a letter to his father noted that he needed to re-construct the bottom sections of these houses because they had been modernized; Meryon found other houses in Bourges with details that would work with these 14th and 15th Century houses on La Rue des Toiles.

PROVENANCE:  Dr. William Pelletier, with his stamp and date of purchase (1991) entered verso. Dr. Pelletier was a distinguished collector of Meryon, Van Ostade and Rembrandt prints.
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Harris Schrank Fine Prints Inventory Catalogue
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