Frontispiece for Bonvin Album  1867

by Jean-Marie Reignier

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 preciousnes...
H: 11 15/16 x W: 9 1/8 in. (30.3 x 23.1 cm)
Watercolor on smooth, moderately thick, blue-coated, cream wove paper
Creative Commons License, Courtesy of The Walters Art Museum

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