- David Roberts 1796–1864
- Oil paint on wood
- Support: 546 × 406 mm
frame: 672 × 540 × 80 mm
- Bequeathed by Sir Henry Layard GCB 1913
The medieval architecture of France and the fine examples of Gothic to be seen in cities like Rouen became popular themes for artists during the 1820s. British artists responded enthusiastically, extending their tradition of the picturesque tour to continental scenery and antiquities, while French artists and writers directed attention to monuments and religious relics recently neglected or defaced as a result of the Revolution. For Charles Nodier, Rouen was the ‘Herculaneum of the Middle Ages’. More than a detailed study of architecture, Roberts’s picture of St Maclou is intended as a moody evocation of a lost age of faith.
Gallery label, February 2016
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