Roussel, Theodore (1847-1926), 'The Gate, Chelsea', Etching, 1889-1890

'The Gate, Chelsea', Etching, 1889-1890

Printed on laid paper, with strong plate tone. Unsigned, with the artists tab. From the edition of approximately 43 impressions. Trimmed to the platemark by the artist.

The gate and house behind it still stand today at No.4 Cheyne Walk. It is located in a row of the oldest and most elegant buildings on Cheyne Walk - the segment that has changed the least since Roussel's time. No.4 was the home of the Irish artist Daniel Maclise in 1860s. George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) lived in the house during the year of her death, 1880.

It is interesting that the features of the house chosen by Roussel for emphasis in his print are also those noted by Nicholas Pevsner (in The Buildings of England, London, Except the Cities of London and Westminster, p.95) in his description of No.4 Cheyne Walk. He describes the "good iron work" and doorway characteristic of the time of George I.

Image Size/Plate Size 20.8 x 16.5 cm
Reference Hausberg 33
Provenance Phillip Lyon Roussel
Collections British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington and Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University.

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