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Les Monuments de Paris

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Place of origin:

    England, Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1814 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Broc, Jean, born 1780 - died 1850 (after, designer)
    Dufour & Cie (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour woodblock print, on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.848-1924

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 405M, case E, shelf 3 [wallpaper [1], wallpaper [5], wallpaper [6], wallpaper [7], wallpaper [8], wallpaper [9], wallpaper [10], wallpaper [11], wallpaper [12], wallpaper [16], wallpaper [17], wallpaper [18], wallpaper [19], wallpaper [20], wallpaper [21]]
    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a [wallpaper [13], wallpaper [14]]
    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MM, shelf 5 [wallpaper [4]]

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Physical description

'Les Monuments de Paris'; Thirty lengths of wallpaper forming a continuous panorama of the chief monuments of Paris, arranged along one of the banks of the Seine; Design after Jean Broc; Colour prints from wood blocks on paper.

Place of Origin

England, Britain (made)

Date

1814 (made)

Artist/maker

Broc, Jean, born 1780 - died 1850 (after, designer)
Dufour & Cie (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour woodblock print, on paper

Dimensions

Height: 240 cm each, Width: 49.5 cm each

Object history note

The paper was produced and sold by Joseph Dufour. His account books show that the original price of the paper was 50 francs, and that it was published in 1814.

Descriptive line

'Les Monuments de Paris'; Thirty lengths of wallpaper forming a continuous panorama of the chief monuments of Paris, arranged along one of the banks of the Seine; Design after Jean Broc; Colour prints from wood blocks on paper; Produced and sold by Joseph Dufour (of Dufour et Leroy); Paris; 1814.

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

Oman, Charles C., and Hamilton, Jean. Wallpapers: a history and illustrated catalogue of the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Publications, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982.
The full text of the entry is as follows:

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Les Monuments de Paris. Thirty lengths forming a continuous panorama of the chief monuments of Paris, arranged along one of the banks of the Seine
Produced by Dufour et Leroy
1814
Colour prints from wood blocks
240 x 49.5 cm (each)
E.848-871-1924; negs H.1455-1459, B.121

The horses on the top of the Arc du Carrousel are those removed by Napoleon from St Mark's, Venice, and returned there in 1815. The statue of the Emperor has already been removed from the chariot, which shows that the paper was made after the entry of the Allies into Paris on 30 March 1814. The guards in front of the arch have changed the Imperial cockade for the white one of the Royalists. The paper was produced and sold by Joseph Dufour. His account books show that the original price of the paper was 50 francs, and that it was published in 1814. C. C. Oman, 'Old French Flock Papers', Country Life (1928), vol 63, p 626; Greysmith, pl 69; Clouzot, TT, pls 6-8 (colour).'
Greysmith, Brenda. Wallpaper. London, 1976.
Plate 69.
Clouzot, Henri. Les chefs d'oeuvres du Papiers Peints. Tableaux-tentures de Dufour et Leroy. Paris, 1931.
Plates 6-8 (colour).

Production Note

The paper was produced and sold by Joseph Dufour. His account books show that the original price of the paper was 50 francs, and that it was published in 1814.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Colour woodblock print

Subjects depicted

Paris; Arc de Triomphe

Categories

Wall coverings

Collection code

PDP

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