(Paris 1754 - Paris 1826)
The Palazzo Barberini, Rome
Inscribed Veduta dell Palazzo Barberini à Rome. in the lower margin.
89 x 112 mm. (3 1/2 x 4 3/8 in.) [sheet]
59 x 89 mm. (2 1/4 x 3 1/2 in.) [image]
Nicolle would make drawings sur le motif in pen and ink, which he would then finish with watercolour in his studio. Although best known for his Roman views, Nicolle also produced drawings of other cities in Italy (including Bologna, Venice, Verona, Naples and Florence), while in France he made numerous studies of Paris and its environs. Although he never exhibited at the Salons, his reputation as a topographical artist was such that in 1810 he received a commission from Napoleon for fifty watercolour views of the principal monuments of Paris, intended as a wedding present for the Empress Marie-Louise and now at Malmaison. Other significant groups of drawings by Nicolle are today in the Louvre, the Musée Carnavalet and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, as well as the museums of Rouen and Lille.