“ … one  of  the  Most  Grandiose  Works  in  Paris ”

Paris – Sulpice, Eglise St., et Fontaine de la Place St. Sulpice. With view along the north side at the transept. Front right the Fontaine des Quatre Evêques built 1844 after plans by Louis Visconti. On the left with rich advertisement on the façade – including a covered wagon with shy horses – the general administration of furniture-remover Maison Bailly with some loading business. Otherwise most busy with mounted horses, equipage, coaches & cabs as well as figurines of any kind. Glazed colored lithograph by J. Ollivaud after Philippe Benoist (Geneva 1813 – about 1905). (1857-60.) Inscribed: Nantes lith. Charpentier Edit. – Paris, quai des Augustins, 55. / 41 / Ph. Benoist del. J. Ollivaud lith., otherwise as above. 10⅜ × 14⅛ in (26.5 × 36 cm).

Paris, Eglise St. Sulpice

PARIS DANS SA SPLENDEUR XLI (“documentarily important series of lithographs”). – Benoist was

“ pupil  of  Louis  Jacques  Daguerre  who , coming  from  photography ,

imparted to him the importance of details and under whose influence he specialized himself on precise, perspectively accurate architecural views; mainly working in Vincennes” (AKL IX, 132). – On light cardboard.

The foundation-stone for St. Sulpice was laid 1649 by Jean-Jacques Olier de Verneuil (1608-1657), prior of the Society of Saint-Sulpice founded by him together with the still existing seminary. The as marked as architecturally revolutionary main portal with the two towers added 1732 by Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni (Florence 1695 – Paris 1766):

“ Pendant ce tems l’on commença le grand portail de cette Eglise … sur les desseins & sous la conduite de Mr. Servandoni … Ce frontispice peut être regardé comme un des ouvrages le plus colossal qui soit à Paris … Ce monument qui tient tout son mérite de l’Architecture, & dont la grandeur annonce à nos Architectes François une route presque nouvelle ”

(Jacques-François Blondel, L’Architecture françoise III [1752], pp. 37 ff.).

Only slightly smaller than Notre-Dame the thusly second largest church in Paris i. a. also served as setting for Balzac’s Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes and HuysmansLà-Bas.

Offer no. 14,534 / EUR  250. (c. US$ 302.) + shipping

“ The prints arrived today! They are very nice. Thank you for excellent service. Please keep me posted for objects I could be interested in! ”

(Mr. J. R. L., September 12, 2003)