French school end of 18th-beginning of 19th... - Lot 16 - Artenchères

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French school end of 18th-beginning of 19th... - Lot 16 - Artenchères
French school end of 18th-beginning of 19th century View of Lyon, Ainay Abbey and Fourvière Hill Oil on copper 27,5x41 cm This large copper is a historical testimony of what represented the tip of the peninsula of Lyon at that time: a lively and watery countryside. In the foreground, a mother with a child and two spectators are watching and pointing to a procession of workers. At the end of the 18th century, the tip of the contemporary Confluence did not yet exist. The Perrache district was in the process of being built and several islands, including the Ile Moniat, needed to be connected to Lyon. The construction site is colossal and will last for several decades (almost 7!), hampered by technical difficulties, political unrest and epidemics. It was under the leadership of the engineer Antoine Michel Perrache that the work was completed. We can think that our representation evokes this construction site, with an environment still very fluvial. The figures in the background are busy with their carts and draught horses in order to fill in and divert the impetuous bed of the Rhône. Saint Martin d'Ainay, which avoided destruction during the revolution by serving for a time as a granary, is clearly recognizable, with its bell tower. And at the top left, Fourvière, still a small church, dominates the city.
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