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The Met exhibits its English maps

The Met exhibits its English maps

1/31/24 Acquisition and Exhibition – New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art, at the top left of its main staircase, has a large space devoted specifically to 19th-century French painting, which exhibits works of graphic art, prints or drawings, in rotating displays, without a catalog. Through March 5, 2024, titled “British Vision, 1700-1900,” he presents a selection of English maps that allow us to see how greatly the collection has been enriched over the past thirty years. The inspiration for the department's director, George Goldner, was his successor, Nadine Orenstein.

If the museum already had British papers, these were not very numerous and included only big names with great names such as Joseph Mallord William Turner. It is also funny that among the works presented, this artist is not present! Because the goal is to accurately show the major acquisitions made since the early 1990s, with the exception of a few maps acquired in the 1930s.

This allows you to discover very high-quality works, often by lesser-known artists. The collection is varied, showing all the richness of British cartography, particularly in the 19th century, with many watercolors.

Many of these papers will be added to our museum acquisitions database from 2001 (the implementation of which, as long announced, is close), but we will take this opportunity to reproduce some of them here , records in the museum. 2019, and we haven't even spoken yet. The only exception is John Frederick Lewis, published here with the will of Wrightsman; Seeing it in real life allowed us to see how close the artist was to Delacroix's art.

Although this display does not benefit from a catalog, let's note that the Metropolitan website offers a A database of his works Remarkably well done, they give detailed information on each (and we get most of the information we give below).

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1. David Cox (1783-1859)
Saint-Eustache, Paris

Watercolor and graphite – 33.7 × 25.8 cm

New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photo: Didier Reichner

Check out the picture on his page

It was from Guy Peppiatt Fine Art Ltd., a London dealer in British drawings and watercolors, that the museum acquired a watercolor by David Cox in 2019 (Sick. 1), dated 1826, is particularly interesting in the history of Paris because, before the demolitions caused by the construction of Victor Baldard's Halls, we see the church of Saint-Eustache on the left, today on the rue Rambuteau.

A painter from Birmingham, David Cox is one of the most talented artists in the watercolor field,…

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