Nice from Villa Gastaud.[&] Villa Gastaud - Nice.
Pair of watercolours, each 270 x 360mm (10˝ x 14"), mounted on album paper.
Two views of Nice, from the house of banker Honoré Gastaud, to the west of the town. He filled the gardens with exotic plants, making it an attraction for visitors including Czarina Alexandra Feodorovna, Napoleon III and Eugene in 1858 (two years before these views). In 1871 the house was rebuilt in Italianate style, and after passing through various owners and at one time serving as a luxury brothel, in was bought by the city in 1960. Now known as the 'Palais de Marbre' it houses the municipal archives within a park and is a listed historic building.
[Ref: 39288] £320.00