(Paris 1800 - Paris 1892)
The Nave of the Cathedral at Monreale, Looking East, with a Traveller in the Foreground
Inscribed Cathedrale de Monreale près de Palerme on the verso.
Further inscribed Cathedrale de Monreale près Palerme. at the bottom of the album page onto which this drawing was pasted.
Stamped with the mark FD in a double circle (not in Lugt), possibly the Debacq atelier stamp, at the lower left.
197 x 315 mm. (7 7/8 x 12 3/8 in.)
The present sheet depicts the nave of the Duomo, looking east towards the entrance façade. In both this and the pendant drawing Debacq has endeavoured to be as accurate as possible, to the extent of depicting a small temporary wooden scaffold or balustrade at the clerestory level, above one of the arches on the south aisle.
Drawings by Joseph-Frédéric Debacq are rare. A handful of architectural studies, dating from his student days, are in the collection of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, while a watercolour by the artist is in the Musée Calvet in Avignon.