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François Mathurin Adalbert, Baron de Courcy (fl.1830s)
François Mathurin Adalbert, Baron de Courcy (fl.1830s)
François Mathurin Adalbert, Baron de Courcy (fl.1830s)
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François Mathurin Adalbert, Baron de Courcy (fl.1830s)
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FRANÇOIS MATHURIN ADALBERT, BARON DE COURCY'S TOUR OF THE AMERICAS, 1831-33: THE CANADIAN AND AMERICAN VIEWS (Lots 118 and 119) The following two lots comprise the Canadian and American watercolours and sketches from Baron de Courcy's travels in the New World in the early 1830s. Little is known about this minor French aristocrat other than his sketches, which were first exhibited in Mexico in 1996 with an accompanying catalogue by Pablo Diener and Kathleen Manthrone (Barón de Courcy illustraciones de un viage, 1831-32, Palacio Virreinal, Mexico City, 1996). From New York where he had arrived from France in the spring of 1831, de Courcy travelled north to Canada in August-September 1831 via the great American waterways, the Hudson, Erie Canal, Passaic, Mohawk and St Lawrence, up to the Great Lakes, Niagara, Montreal and Quebec. From Upper Canada, de Courcy heads south back into the United States and down the eastern seaboard in 1832, on the Ohio and Mississippi, before sailing for a tour of Mexico and the Caribbean. The Canadian views include fine prospects of Montreal and Quebec, and the American watercolours and drawings include a notable view of New York from Long Island and rare early sketches taken in the Southern states.
François Mathurin Adalbert, Baron de Courcy (fl.1830s)

Vues dessinés d’après Nature dans mon voyage aux Etats-unis de l’Amerique du Nord en 1831. – Canada

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François Mathurin Adalbert, Baron de Courcy (fl.1830s)
Vues dessinés d’après Nature dans mon voyage aux Etats-unis de l’Amerique du Nord en 1831. – Canada
all titled on the mounts, the majority titled and dated on the reverse
six watercolour, two brown wash, one pencil and wash heightened with white, three pencil, all on paper
unframed
8 7/8 x 11¼in. (22.5 x 28.6cm.) and smaller
(12)
Exhibited
Mexico City, Palacio Virreinal, Barón de Courcy illustraciones de un viage, 1831-32, 1996.

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The twelve views are titled by the artist as follows:

Quebec (2eme partie. Quebec. 7bre 1831)
Place de la boucherie et des embarcations pour traverser le fleuve, à Quebec (Entrée du marché de la basse ville de Quebec. Ft à Quebec 7bre 1831)
Rue de la basse ville à Quebec (grande rue de la basse ville de Quebec terminé à Quebec 7bre 1831)
Le St Laurent, Pointe de l’Isle d’Orleans Indiens Hurons. (entrée de la rade de Quebec pointe de l’isle d’Orleans. Ft. à Quebec 7bre 1831)
Le Saint Laurent, devant Quebec à Canada
Cascade de Montmorenci Canada
Chute de Ste Anne. (ft. à Quebec, 7bre 1831)
St Régis village d’Iroquois sur le St Laurent (fait à Montreal aout 1831)
Partie du Port de Prescott sur le St. Laurent.
Montreal, au Canada
Vue de Montreal prise de la prairie Canada
Monument elevé au Gal Brok [General Brock] cours du Niagara à l’Ontario. Canada
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