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Works Thomas Girtin

The Banks of the Seine, with the Dome of Les Invalides


Primary Image: TG1869: Thomas Girtin (1775–1802), The Banks of the Seine, with the Dome of Les Invalides, 1802, pen and ink and watercolour on paper, 15.5 × 21.2 cm, 6 ⅛ × 8 ⅜ in. Private Collection.

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Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)
  • The Banks of the Seine, with the Dome of Les Invalides
Medium and Support
Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
15.5 × 21.2 cm, 6 ⅛ × 8 ⅜ in
Part of
Object Type
Drawing for a Print; Outline Drawing
Subject Terms
City Life and Labour; Paris and Environs; River Scenery

Catalogue Number
Description Source(s)
Auction Catalogue


Richard Ford (1796–1858); then by descent to Captain Richard Ford (1860–1940); his sale, Sotheby's, 27 July 1937, lot 71, one of 22 items, unsold; then by descent to John Ford; his sale, Sotheby's, 19 March 1947, lot 65; bought by 'Gernsheim', £36; ... N. Rauch, Geneva, 13-15 June 1960, lot 198

About this Work

This pen and ink drawing, depicting the banks of the river Seine with the dome of Les Invalides beyond, came from the collection of Richard Ford (1796–1858), who owned the presentation set of hand-coloured etchings of Picturesque Views in Paris and Its Environs that was originally bought by the publication’s dedicatee, George Capel-Coningsby, 5th Earl of Essex (1757–1839). Thus, although the work is known only from a poor black and white photograph, and it also shows a different view of Les Invalides from that included in the drawing for plate five of the Paris views (TG1868), the provenance strongly suggests that the drawing was made by Girtin during his stay in the French capital during the winter and early spring of 1801–2. It is the same height as the other Paris drawings, and so it may be that it was originally joined to a second sheet of paper. If this was the case, it possibly formed part of an unused panoramic design for the publication. 


A Panoramic View of Paris from Chaillot, Looking Up the Seine with the Dome of Les Invalides: Pencil Study for Plate Five of ‘Picturesque Views in Paris’


by Greg Smith

Place depicted

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