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1845 Arnout View of the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile. Côté de Paris. - Main View

1845 Arnout View of the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France


Striking view of an iconic symbol of France.


Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile. Côté de Paris.
  1845 (undated)     13.5 x 17 in (34.29 x 43.18 cm)


This is a c. 1845 Jules Arnout view of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. Illustrating Arc facing the Champs-Élysées slightly from the left, one can almost discern the left side of the Arc, along with part of the interior. La Départ de 1792 and Le Triomphe de 1810 are the two sculptural groups on the Arc's pillars seen here, along with the three of the six reliefs engraved on this side.
The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile
The Arc de Triomphe stands at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle (formerly the Place de l'Étoile) at the western end of Paris's Champs-Élysées Boulevard. Commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte after his 1806 victory at the Battle of Austerlitz, the Arc was not completed until 1836. Today it is one of the most iconic and recognizable monuments in the world.
Publication History and Census
This view was drawn by Jules Arnout, printed by Rose-Joseph Lemercier, and published by Henri Jeannin c. 1845. We note a single cataloged example in the collection of the Musée Carnavalet in Paris, but that examples black and white and not colored like the present example.


Louis-Jules Arnout (June 1, 1814 - September 26, 1882) was a French artist, painter, and lithographer active during the mid-19th century. His father, Jean-Baptiste Arnout (June 24, 1788 - October 5, 1873), taught Jean-Louis the art of lithography as well as painting and other art forms. Arnout created works depicting landscapes and French, Swiss, Italian, and English cities. He displayed his work at the Paris Salon in 1852 and 1865. He died in Toulouse. He had one son, Auguste-Paul Arnout. More by this mapmaker...

Rose-Joseph Lemercier (June 29, 1803 - 1887) was a French photographer, lithographer, and printer. One of the most important Parisian lithographers of the 19th century, Lemercier was born in Paris into a family of seventeen children. His father was a basket maker, and he even began working as a basket maker at the age of fifteen, but Lemercier was drawn to lithography and printing and soon entered into an apprenticeship with Langlumé, where he worked from 1822 until 1825. After working for a handful of other printers, Lemercier started his own firm in 1828 at 2, rue Pierre Sarrazin with only one printing press. He subsequently moved a few more times before arriving at 57, rue de Seine, where he founded the printing firm Lemercier and Company. Lemercier created the firm Lemercier, Bénard and Company in 1837 with Jean François Bénard. Lemercier bought out Bénard's share in the firm in 1843 and, since his two sons died at a young age, he decided to bring his nephew Alfred into the business beginning in 1862, who would progressively take on more and more responsibility in running the firm. Between 1850 and 1870, Lemercier's firm was the largest lithographic company in Paris. The firm began to decline in prestige in the early 1870s, and, after Lemercier's death in 1887, its descent only quickened. It is unclear when the firm closed, but Alfred directed the firm until his death in 1901. Learn More...

Henri Jules Jeannin (fl. 1829 - 1854) was a French print publisher active in Paris in the mid 19th century. Jeannin maintained offices at No. 20, Rue du Croissant in Paris from 1829 - 1835 and then move is office to No. 20, Place du Louvre in Paris. Little else is known about Jeannin. Learn More...


Very good. Two closed margin tears professionally repaired on verso.