George Arnald ARA, Pont des Arts & Pont Neuf, Paris - c.1818 graphite drawing


An original c.1818 graphite drawing, George Arnald ARA Pont des Arts & Pont Neuf, Paris.

A wonderful small topographical sketch by George Arnald ARA (1763-1841) showing the Pont des Arts bridge across the Seine in post-Napoleonic Paris.

This is one of a set of five Paris subjects we have for sale, likely executed on Arnald’s 1818 tour of France. The sketches have an energetic, illustrative quality - the views drawn from unusual vantage points, and featuring vigorous foliage and small blotted figures.

In 1824 Arnald published a series drawings from his French travels entitled ‘Picturesque scenery on the river Meuse, from the city of Leige to that of Mézières’, engraved by eminent artists such as Samuel William Reynolds, Henry Edward Dawe and Charles Turner. Provenance: Covent Garden Gallery. Christie's 7 December 2016.

Unsigned. Inscribed in ink lower right: 'Pont des Arts et P. Neuf'. Inscribed verso: 'Geo. Arnald'.
Overall in good condition for its age, there is some faint foxing to the paper in places, and a very light vertical crease running down the centre of the paper.
7.1cm x 14cm.

George Arnald ARA (1763-1841) specialised in landscape subjects, including topographical views to illustrated country histories. He is best known for his most celebrated and ambitious work ‘The Destruction of L'Orient at the Battle of the Nile’, now in the collection of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. He was a student of the landscape painter and engraver William Pether (c.1738-1821), a friend of fellow painter John Varley (1778-1842) with whom he toured Wales, and later in his career he tutored the portrait painter Henry William Pickersgill (1782-1875).

Little is known about Arnald’s early life; accounts variously give his birth place as Farndip (now Farndish) in Northamptonshire (now Bedfordshire) or Berkshire. He went on to exhibit 176 works at the Royal Academy and was elected an associate member in 1810. He also exhibited 63 works at the British Institution. George Arnald’s works are held in a number of public collections, including the Yale Centre for British Art, Tate, Royal Academy of Art, National Portrait Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Product code: JK-966

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