[Le Pont-au-Change, Paris]
Imp. R. Neuve St. Etienne-du-Mont 26
Etching, platemark 200 x 370mm (8 x 14½"). Small margins.
The Pont-au-Change seen from the river Seine, with the Palais du Justice on the right. Plate seventeen from Charles Meryon's series of twenty-two etchings, 'Eaux-Fortes sur Paris', published by the artist in three parts between 1852 and 1854. The first state of this print had a balloon on the left with a caption reading 'Speranza', before this was replaced by the birds and moon seen here. Meryon (1821-68) studied etching from 1849-50 and began by copying earlier artists such as Salvator Rosa and, mostly enthusiastically, the Dutch sailor-artist Reinier Nooms (for whom see ref. 37665) who Meryon described as 'another self'. Meryon's set of Paris views, on which his reputation as a major etcher rests, was directly inspired by Nooms' work.
[Ref: 37678] £650.00