The Clock Tower, Paris

Charles Meryon French

Not on view

The perspective Meryon adopted for this etching does not conform precisely to that seen in the preparatory drawing, but rather is the result of the artist amalgamating a number of studies. While the artist was making this print, the Palais de Justice and the Conciergerie—part of the complex of law courts at the center of Paris pictured here—were undergoing renovation. The lattice of scaffolding on either side of the clock tower, the rickety wooden fence surrounding its base, and the substantial temporary structure concealing the clock at left indicate the work in progress.

The Clock Tower, Paris, Charles Meryon (French, 1821–1868), Etching with engraving; fourth state of ten

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