Thomas Shotter Boys, N.W.S. (London 1803-1874)
Thomas Shotter Boys, N.W.S. (London 1803-1874)

A street in Rouen, the Church of St Ouen beyond

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Thomas Shotter Boys, N.W.S. (London 1803-1874)
A street in Rouen, the Church of St Ouen beyond
signed 'Thos.S.Boys.' (lower right) and signed again 'Tho.S. BOYS.' (lower right, on a shop sign)
pencil and watercolour
14¾ x 11¼ in. (37.5 x 28.5 cm.)
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Lot Essay

Boys exhibited three different versions of this subject: two at the New Watercolour Society in 1840 and 1867, and one at the Royal Academy in 1847. He first explored the composition in a soft-ground etching, which was one of a series of five executed in or around 1833 (see J. Roundell, Thomas Shotter Boys, London, 1974, pp. 110-1, pl. 39.). One of the finished watercolours, with Spink in 1984 and dated 1840, depicts the building to the left as having either been re-clad in stone, or entirely rebuilt in a neo-Classical manner, suggesting that the present watercolour was executed in the 1830s when the timbers of the building were still visible.

For a view by Boys of Braunshweig, Germany, see lot 176, and for a watercolour of Rouen by William Callow (1812-1908), a pupil of Boys, see lot 175.
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