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Frontispiece for Bonvin Album
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Frontispiece for Bonvin Album

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Description In 1866 William T. Walters commissioned a deluxe album from French art dealer Georges Petit (1856–1920) to house his growing collection of watercolors by the French watercolorist Léon Bonvin (1834-1866). This album tells us a great deal about how Walters viewed this artist. Placing the watercolors in an album helped preserve them and enhanced the sense of their preciousness, while encouraging intimate, close-up viewing of the individual works. For his album, Walters commissioned a decorative frontispiece and tailpiece from the flower painter Jean-Marie Reignier; these were completed by early 1867. This is Reignier's frontispiece which reads "Near Paris by Léon Bonvin."
Date Description Narrative
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; cleaned; re-housed; mounted; other
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
  • Near Paris: The Watercolors of Leon Bonvin. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1867, by commission [George A. Lucas as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] In watercolor, lower right: Reignier 1867
Credit Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1867

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watercolor on smooth, moderately thick, blue-coated, cream wove paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 11 15/16 x W: 9 1/8 in. (30.3 x 23.1 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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