London, South Kensington
4 June 2008
ATTRIBUTED TO JEAN-FRANÇOIS-THÉRÈSE CHALGRIN (FRENCH, 1739-1811)
Église de St. Philippe du Roule, Paris
pen and black ink and watercolour
14½ x 21¾ in. (36.8 x 55.2 cm.)
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C.Plante, Inside Out: Historic Watercolour Drawings, Oil sketches and Paintings of Interiors and Exteriors 1770-1870, London, 2000, no. 7.
The present drawing probably dates to circa 1764 when Chalgrin presented his architectural schema for the Church of St. Philippe-du-Roule, Paris. It conforms to a basilican plan akin to those from the sixteenth century, which went on to become a pervasive model for church architecture in France until well into the 19th century. The Church of St. Philippe-du-Roule is widely regarded as Chalgrin's most important commission.
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