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Tailpiece for Bonvin Album

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. Read more...

Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1867
H: 9 5/16 x W: 7 5/16 in. (23.7 x 18.6 cm)
Watercolor on smooth, moderately-thick, blue-coated, cream wove paper
Creative Commons License, Courtesy of The Walters Art Museum
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