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Attributed to Etienne Martellange
LYON 1564/1569 - 1641 PARIS
VIEW OF THE ROMAN ARCH AT ORANGE, FRANCE
Pen and brown ink and wash over black chalk;
bears inscription, upper right: Larq trionfal dorange 
319 by 220 mm
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Bears unidentified collector's mark (L.500b)

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This grand and atmospheric drawing, executed in pen and ink and wash, depicts the Roman Arch at Orange, France.  The subject and handling of the pen and ink is reminiscent of drawings by the Jesuit architect, Etienne Martellange.  

In Jon Whiteley's informative article of 1995, he discusses drawings by the artist in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. The holdings at the Bibliothèque Nationale consist of 171 views of France, which were discovered by Henri Bouchot under an old attribution to François Stella.  The Ashmolean has 21 similar views, of which 17 have been given definitively to Martellange on the basis of comparison with the drawings in Paris.

One of the drawings by Martellange in the Ashmolean depicts a similar view of the Roman Arch at Orange.2  The drawing is in landscape format and the artist has included the surrounding terrain with other buildings and ruins in the distance, in contrast to the present sheet, where the Roman arch is the main focus of the composition.  In the foreground of both studies one can detect stylistic similarities in the handling of the pen and in the broad use of wash.

1. J.J.L Whiteley, 'Architectural Views by Etienne Martellange and François Stella', Master Drawings, vol. 33, no. 4, 1995, pp. 367-387
2. Ibid., fig. 15

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