Jean- Jacques François Le Barbier l'aîné (Rouen 1738 - 1826 Paris): "The North Face of the Eiger with the Grindelwald Glacier"
Watercolor on pencil
630 x 969 mm (24 3/4 x 38 1/8 in.)
Partially legible inscription lower left: "51 : 1 3 / F."
Painter, illustrator, and writer, Jean-Jacques François Le Barbier probably executed this landscape after his stay in the Swiss Alps between 1776 and 1780. He worked there on the illustrations of "Tableau de la Suisse ou voyage pittoresque fait dans les treize cantons du Corps Helvétique" published by Beat Zurlauben between 1780 - 1786. Our drawing is exceptional for its large size, and its subject, as the depiction of Alpine scenery was very rare in eighteenth century French art.
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