The architecture depicted helps to determine the approximate date this gouache was made. The Pont de la Concorde was completed in 1791, and the façade of the Palais Bourbon was modified from the way it appears here by Gisors and Leconte in 1795, thus making it probable that the gouache was executed between 1791-95.
Victor Jean Leconte was a student at the Ecole Royale Gratuite de Dessin, founded by Bachelier. He was awarded the "Grand Prix de Perspective" in 1771. He made two long visits to Italy from 1787 to 1798 and from 1798 to 1806, where he gained prominence under the name Nicolli.
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