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Bridge builders at Rouen: PD.9-1951

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Bridge builders at Rouen


Draughtsman: Bonington, Richard Parkes




History note: L. Brown sale, Christie's, 28 May 1835, lot 70, (bt. in?); Lewis Brown Sale, Paris, 17 April 1837, lot 85, as Une grande quantité de Travailleurs occupés à enforcer des pilotis: ce dessin de la première maniere de l'artiste, est d'une exécution large; les figures sont habilement groupées; Sotheby's, 7 July 1926, lot 54, bt. Louther; W.L. Shepherd's sale, Christie's, 23 February 1951, lot 12, bt. Colnaghi

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From the Biffen Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 504 mm
Width: 393 mm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1951) by P. and D. Colnaghi and Co. Ltd

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: RPB
  • Location: Centre on plank
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Miss C / bis / 14f 1000 / purchase of drawing 200 / & commission & sale duty 20 / share of expenses 4 / 224 / £9 (i.e. total = 224 francs = £9?)
  • Location: Verso

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.9-1951
Primary reference Number: 8972
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 17 May 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 18 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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