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Tuesday 30 June 2020

Charles E Wilson’s etching, "Paris, Vu Du Pont des Saints-Père, Le Soir", 1880, after Léon Pierre Herpin

Charles E Wilson (fl.c.1880)

"Paris, Vu Du Pont des Saints-Père, Le Soir", 1880, after Léon Pierre Herpin’s (1841–1880) 1879 painting, “Les Quais à Paris, la Nuit” (see, published in 1880 as plate XXVII (27) in the French periodical, “L’Art”, printed by François Liénard (fl.c.1860–1880s) in Paris.

Although I may be wrong, the view to the bridge, the Pont des Saints-Père (aka the Pont du Carrousel), is from the Pont Royal showing the old port of the Louvre on the left, the towers of Notre Dame right of centre in the far distance (?) with the flèche (spire) of the Sainte-Chapelle slightly to the left and the dome of the Institut de France on the right.

Etching on fine laid paper with full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 30.7 x 43 cm; (plate) 23.4 x 33.4 cm; (image borderline) 20.7 x 31.9 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline:
(left) “Léon Herpin pinx./ L’Art”; (centre) "PARIS, VU DU PONT DES SAINTS-PÈRE, LE SOIR/ (Musée du Luxemboug)”; (right) “Ch. E. Wilson sc./ F. Liénard, Imp, Paris.”

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Evening view of Paris from Pont des Saints-Pères; boats moored at left, steamships travelling on the Seine; after Léon Herpin; illustration from 'L'Art' for 1880.”

Condition: richly inked, faultless impression, with full margins as published and in near pristine condition (i.e there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or significant signs of use).

I am selling this superb etching of moonlight glowing on the Seine, executed at the height of the etching revival period (c.1850–1930)—a time when etchers celebrated their joy in the vital lines that the medium of etching allowed (as opposed to the earlier established tradition of engraving)—for AU$206 (currently US$141.13/EUR125.71/GBP114.93 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this marvellous evening view of Paris from Pont Royal to the Pont des Saints-Père and Notre Dame beyond, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold

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