Tourelle Rue de la Tixeranderie

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Charles Meryon (1821-1868), Tourelle Rue de la Tixeranderie, etching, 1852. References: Schneiderman 24, 2-3rd state (of 5); Delteil 29, 2-3rd  state (of 5). In very good condition, printed in dark brown ink on a cream laid paper. In very good condition, with full margins, 9 5/8 x 5 1/8, the sheet 13 1/8 x 9 1/2 inches.

Provenance:

Collection: initials ES (with the stamp verso, Lugt 3498; noted as unidentified collector by Lugt, but possibly Emilio Soriano)

A fine impression.

In the Schneiderman’s fourth state (and Delteil’s IV and V) the inscription was added below.  This impression corresponds to Schneiderman’s illustration of State 2, but “random scratches in the sky and on the walls of the house” are not apparent, and it also seems the small gaps described as filled in in State 3 are indeed filled in.

This house stood at the corner of the rue de Coq; it was demolished in 1851, so Meryon made preparatory drawings of the house just in time (Meryon was trying to capture Parisian scenes and structures that were vulnerable to the destructive forces of modernization).  The street was mentioned in Notre-Dame de Paris as among the most interesting in the city.