1804 – 1869
View of the Gros-Horloge street in Rouen
27 x 94 mm – 5 x 3 11/16 in.
Provenance: Studio of the artist, his stamp (Lugt 1268) lower right; his sale, Paris, 15-16 April 1878; Alfred Normand, his stamp (Lugt 153c) lower left.
A pupil of Guérin and Gros, who were not much appreciative of his work, and a great friend of Delacroix whom he met in 1922 at the Académie Suisse, Paul Huet was a Romantic landscape painter and a precursor of plein air painters. His admiration for English artists caused him to be sometimes called an imitator of the English school.
Huet executed many travels in France and took part in the illustration of the Voyages pittoresques and romantiques dans l’ancienne France published by baron Taylor, and particularly in the volumes dedicated to Normandy. Like his friend Bonington, he drew with pencil and watercolor many views for purposes of publication. The spectacular Rouen Gros-Horloge Rouen was represented by many artists, particularly British ones such as William Parrot and Samuel Prout.
A closer view of the Gros-Horloge by Paul Huet was at Christie’s.
Good condition. Two pieces of fixing tape on the verso.