A View of Paris from the Pont Neuf

Object Details

Title:

A View of Paris from the Pont Neuf

Artist/Maker:

Jean-Baptiste Raguenet (French, 1715 - 1793)

Culture:

French

Date:

1763

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Object Number:

71.PA.26

Dimensions:

46 × 84.1 cm (18 1/8 × 33 1/8 in.)

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Horse-drawn carriages and strolling couples make their way across the Pont Neuf, one of the oldest bridges in Paris. Boats are tied up on both sides of the Seine River, a heavily traveled thoroughfare. In the center, behind an iron fence, stands an equestrian statue of Henri IV. On the right bank of the river is the Louvre, the national museum and art gallery of France. The dome of the Hôtel des Invalides can be seen on the left bank in the distance.

Jean-Baptiste 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 with the Ile de la Cité, were probably painted for an English patron, Lord Holland.

Provenance
- 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 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 22, 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.]

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

Remy, Pierre. Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, desseins & estampes, et autres effets curieux, après le décès de M. de Jullienne [...] (Paris: n.p., 1767), p. 115, no. 305 (possibly Getty painting).

A Description of the Villa of Mr. Horace Walpole [...] at Strawberry-Hill near Twickenham, Middlesex; With an Inventory of the Furniture, Pictures, Curiosities, &c. (Strawberry Hill: Thomas Kirgate, 1784), p. 20.

George Robins, London. A Catalogue of the Classic Contents of Strawberry Hill Collected by Horace Walpole. April 25-May 21, 1842, p. 115, lot 22.

Lewis, W. S., et al., eds. Horace Walpole's Correspondence [...]. 48 vols. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1937-83), vol. 7 (1939), p. 305n267.

Sotheby's, London. Important Old Master Paintings. March 24, 1971, lot 16.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Catalogue of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972), pp. 98-99, no. 136.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 101, ill.

Tillerot, Isabelle. "Jean de Jullienne et les collectionneurs de son temps: Un regard singulier sur le tableau." Ph.D. diss. (Université de Paris X-Nanterre, 2005), p. 37, app. 2 ("Catalogue des peintures de la collection de Jean de Jullienne").

Tillerot, Isabelle. Jean de Jullienne et les collectionneurs de son temps: Un regard singulier sur le tableau (Paris: Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l'homme, 2010), pp. 151, 152, 381, no. 168, fig. 39.