Wallace Collection focuses on paintings of Paris

Date Posted: 01/06/2013

An exhibition at the Wallace Collection in London this summer will focus on early 19th century watercolours of Paris, by famous artists such as Turner, Girtin and Bonington.

The Discovery of Paris: Watercolours by Early Nineteenth-Century British Artists will run from 20th June through until the 15th September.

The exposition features 60 watercolours, plus a dozen preparatory drawings and associated prints; some of which have been lent by museums including Tate, the V&A, the British Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, as well as several private collectors.

Paintings of the Notre Dame and the Pont Neuf

The Discovery of Paris charts the remarkable contribution of the British to the iconography of Paris, depicting the French capital as it became the major destination for mass middle-class tourism that it has remained ever since.

School groups can enjoy familiar scenes of Notre Dame, the Boulevard des Italiens, the Pont Neuf and the Ile de la Cité at the exhibition.

Exhibition talks will run every Thursday at 1pm. Entry to the Wallace Collection and exhibition is free.

For further school trip information visit www.wallacecollection.org

Pictured: The Boulevard des Capucines at the Corner with the Rue de la Paix (1833) by T.S. Boys (copyright The Trustees of the British Museum).

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