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    Sale 5900

    Christie's Interiors

    27 January 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 266

    Henry Harris, after Léon-Mathieu Cochereau (French 1793-1817)

    Views of the 13th and 17th Century rooms at the Musée des Mounuments Français, Paris

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    Henry Harris, after Léon-Mathieu Cochereau (French 1793-1817)
    Views of the 13th and 17th Century rooms at the Musée des Mounuments Français, Paris
    both extensively inscribed in French (on the reverse) and further inscribed 'Drawn by Henry Harris from the original painting by/Cocheron, in the collection of John Wilton Esquire' (on the reverse)
    pencil and watercolour heightened with gum arabic, with touches of white heightening
    17 x 14 in. (43.2 x 35.6 cm.) (2)


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    The Musée des Mounuments Français was established in the 1790s by the artist Alexander Lenoir, who wished to preserve France's architectural and sculptural heritage, particularly in the wake of the Revolution. The museum was situated in the former monastery of the Petits Augustins until it was closed after the Restoration and a number of the works were transferred to the Louvre.
    Cochereau's depiction of the two rooms from the Museum were donated to the Musée Carnavalet, Paris, in the early twentieth century.

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