A View of Paris with the Ile de la Cité

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A View of Paris with the Ile de la Cité


Jean-Baptiste Raguenet (French, 1715 - 1793)






Oil on canvas


46 x 84.5 cm (18 1/8 x 33 1/4 in.)

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Boats filled with cargo make their way down the Seine River. On the near shore, several boats have docked and are unloading while gentlemen conduct business near by. During the late 1700s Paris was a bustling commercial center, and market places like this one were becoming a common sight.

On the right is the Pont Neuf, one of the oldest bridges in Paris. Behind the bridge, is a triangular bit of land, the Ile de la Cité; the twin towers of the façade of Nôtre Dame are visible in the far distance. On the other side of the river is the Institute of France. Jean-Baptiste Nicolas Raguenet used a large horizontal format for his panoramic view, much like that used by Canaletto in his views of Venice. Grand Tourists often bought such urban views as souvenirs of their European travels.

Raguenet specialized in views of Paris and owned a small shop for their sale in the rue de la Colombeon the Ile de la Cité. This view of Paris in the 1700s and its companion piece, View of Paris from the Pont Neuf, were probably made for an English patron, Lord Holland.

- 1766

possibly Jean de Jullienne, 1686 - 1766 (Paris, France), [sold, Jullienne sale, Paris, 1767, lot 305, to Aubert.]

1767 -

possibly Aubert (France)

- before 1774

Henry Fox, first baron Holland, 1705 - 1774, by gift to Horatio Walpole, before 1774.

before 1774 - 1797

Horatio Walpole, fourth earl of Orford, 1717 - 1797 (Strawberry Hill, Middlesex, England), by inheritance to his niece, Anne Seymour Damer, 1797.

1797 - 1811

Anne Seymour Damer, 1748 - 1828 (Strawberry Hill, Middlesex, England), turned Walpole's estate over to his heir, John James Waldegrave, as directed by terms in Horatio Walpole's will, 1811.

1811 - 1835

John James Waldegrave, sixth earl Waldegrave, 1785 - 1835 (Strawberry Hill, Middlesex, England), by inheritance to his son, George Edward Waldegrave, 1835.

1835 - 1842

George Edward Waldegrave, seventh earl Waldegrave, 1816 - 1846 (Strawberry Hill, Middlesex, England) [sold, Waldegrave sale, Robins, Strawberry Hill, May 6, 1842, lot 23, to John Smith.]

1842 -

John Smith (London, England)

- 1971

Brigadier Major General Henry Mark Garneys Bond (Tyneham, Dorset, England) [sold, Bond sale, Sotheby's, London, March 24, 1971, lot 16, through Jenkins to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]

Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution (October 24, 2008 to September 27, 2009) (ex cat.)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 30 to September 27, 2009