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An image of Westminster Bridge by Félix Buhot

Félix Buhot

(France 1847 – 1898)

Title
Westminster Bridge
Other titles:
Westminster clock tower
Year
circa 1884
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching with drypoint and aquatint on artificial parchment
Edition
vi of 8 states
Dimensions

28.3 x 39.5 cm platemark; 31.5 x 41.7 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.c. sheet, pen and brown ink "Felix Buhot". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1986
Accession number
183.1986
Location
Not on display
Further information

Felix Buhot, famous for his depictions of Paris, set out to do a series of prints of London. A pair from this series which remained unfinished, 'Westminster Palace' and 'Westminster Bridge', show two aspects of the one scene - the classic view of traditional architecture and the modern city. Buhot illustrates the city's building boom, shipping, rushing crowds of workers and the first underground transport system - whilst evoking an Impressionist atmosphere. He elaborates the central subject with his characteristic "symphonic" and "episodic" margins. Buhot was obsessed with making variations in all aspects of the printmaking process. He searched bookshops for old paper to use, and sometimes stained paper with tea or turpentine. This print is signed and inscribed as an artist's proof - a print that is not part of an edition but might serve as the one to compare for the edition's consistency and quality. This impression carries Buhot's large red owl stamp, indicating his approval of this trial proof.

AGNSW Handbook, 1994

Bibliography (1)

Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 131 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014