CHAPUY, Nicolas-Marie Joseph (1790-1858) lithographed by DEROY
Lyon, Vue Prise de la Guillotiere / Vista Tomada desde la Guillotiere.
Paris: V. Turgis, editeur, 10 rue Serpente, circa 1840. Tinted lithograph with original hand colouring. Printed on wove paper. In excellent condition. Image size: 12 3/8 x 17 5/8 inches. Sheet size: 20 3/8 x 27 inches.
A picturesque view of Lyon from the Guillotiere after a drawing by the celebrated French painter Nicolas-Marie Joseph Chapuy.
Chapuy has chosen to depict Lyon from the Guillotiere neighborhood, with the winding river running through the middle of the image. The docks next to the bridge are scattered with large stones and lumber and many small boats are moored along the banks. The bridge is crowded with pedestrians who make their way across the busy thoroughfare. Domes and spires crowd the horizon, and two large boats hurry down the river. This sweeping view is a wonderful example of Chapuy's considerable talents and picturesque eye, and a beautiful glimpse of Lyon in the early decades of the nineteenth century. Nicolas-Marie Joseph Chapuy was born in Paris in 1790 and in his early life became an officer in the Navy. An accomplished architect and landscape painter, Chapuy is perhaps best known for his stunning lithographs. He exhibited regularly at the Salon and in 1833 won a third class medal for his lithography. He produced a wide array of lithographs which varied in subject from historical scenes to architectural views. Yet it was his landscape prints which received the most praise and garnered him his celebrated reputation. This impressive view of Lyon is a fantastic example of Chapuy's talents. The image includes a numbered key at the bottom of the sheet which lists all the principal buildings and monuments in the image and provides their exact location.
Benezit. Dictionnaire Critique et Documentaire Des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Vol. 3, p. 487.