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Design - Design for a projected church for the Order of the Holy Ghost, Paris.
  • Design for a projected church for the Order of the Holy Ghost, Paris.
    Meissonnier, Juste-Aurèle, born 1695 - died 1750
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Design for a projected church for the Order of the Holy Ghost, Paris.

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    first half of Eighteenth Century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Meissonnier, Juste-Aurèle, born 1695 - died 1750 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and watercolour, heightened with white

  • Museum number:

    D.372-1887

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 208

Physical description

Design for a church with cutaway detail.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

first half of Eighteenth Century (made)

Artist/maker

Meissonnier, Juste-Aurèle, born 1695 - died 1750 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and watercolour, heightened with white

Dimensions

Height: 333 mm, Width: 460 mm

Object history note

Gabriel Huquier, 9th November 1772 lot 10 ('Coupe & elevation de l'Eglise de l'Ordre du St. Espirit, Project dessine a la plume & colorie par Meysonnier, pur etre execute sur le Quay des Augustins: ces deux Desseins portent 12 pouces de haut, sur 17 pouces 3 lignes de large'; sold for 38 livres. 10 cols); Jombert pere, 15 April 1776, lot 171 ('J. A. Meyssonnier: Coupe & facade de ladite Eglise [de l'Ordre du Saint-Espirit]'); 9085 bought from R. Jackson June 9th 1883, for £1.10.0d; D.372-1887 bought from R. Jackson, June 14th 1887, for £1.15.0d.

Historical context note

One of two designs for this church (9085 and D.372-1887), one is a elevation and one the interior.

Two related drawings of a project for the Hotel de Ville are in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris (Est. B 6 t.III res. fol).

Descriptive line

MEISSONNIER, Juste Aurele (1695-1750) Design for a projected church for the Order of the Holy Ghost, Paris.
Pen and watercolour, heightened with white.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jorg Garms, 'Projects for the Pont Neuf and Place Dauphine in the first half of the Eighteenth Century' in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 26, 1967, pp.102-112, figs 5 and 6.
Princely treasures. European masterpieces 1600-1800 from the Victoria and Albert Museum, S. Medlam and L. Miller ed., London, 2011, p.68, illus.

Labels and date

Jules Aurèle Meissonier
(1695 - 1750)

Designs for a church in Paris
French, second quarter of the 18th
century
Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour and
chinese white

These designs were purchased from the
same dealer, R Jackson in 1883 and 1887.
They are for a projected church for the
order of the Holy Ghost, in Paris. It was
only part of a huge town planning scheme,
and was never built. Meissonier was best
known as a goldsmith, although he had
ambitions to be recognized as an architect.
His style was a blend of Italian Baroque and
the Roman classical tradition. He was
credited with being one of the first
designers in the developed Rococo style.

9085 and D.372-1887 []

Subjects depicted

Churches

Categories

Designs; Architecture; Christianity; Interiors

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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