Lithograph with fine hand-colouring, very scarce; sheet 420 x 265mm (16½ x 10½"). Staining to edges.
The 'Dragon tomb' (named after the 'bosquet du Dragon' or 'Dragon grove' where it is situated) in Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. A designated historical monument, it contains some of the first monuments in the cemetery. On the left is the cenotaph dedicated to Antoine de Guillaume-Lagrange (1781-1807), a military officer killed in Poland during the Napoleonic Wars. Designed by the neo-classical architect Étienne-Hippolyte Godde (1781-1869), it shows a portrait of the dedicatee, with an allegory of sorrow. Plate from 'Picturesque Views of the Principal Monuments in the Cemetery of Père La Chaise, near Paris', which comprised of ten coloured lithographs by John Thomas Serres (1759-1825). Serres, who like his father Dominic specialized in marine painting, was also a skilled printmaker although his later years were dogged by financial difficulties. Serres died in the same year that this volume was published.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; Abbey 115.3/4
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