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(Charles Meryon's monogram) upper right composition, in plate, artist's hand. "1863-64" lower right margin, in plate, artist's hand. "Imp Pierron R. Montfaucon, 1." lower left margin, in plate, artist's hand. "Paris ROCHOUX Quai de l'Horloge, 19" lower left margin, in plate. "VUE A VOL D'OISEAU / DU / COLLÈGE HENRI IV OU LYCÉE NAPOLÉON / GRAND ET PETIT COLLÈGES, Avec les jardins qui en dependent et les constructions avoisinantes" lower center margin, in plate. "Prise de la lanterne...sujétions." lower center margin, in plate. "Paris Aout 1864" lower center margin, in plate. "L.D 43" lower left margin, graphite, unknown hand. Verso: none.

Marks and Labels

"LRJ" verso, black stamped ink, stamped twice. "National Gallery of Art" verso, black stamped ink. (Cortland F. Bishop collector's stamp) verso, purple stamped ink, (Lugt 2770b).


Cortlandt F. Bishop [1870-1935], New York City, (Lugt 2770b); (sale, American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York, 19 November 1935, lot 141); Lessing J. Rosenwald [1891-1979], Jenkintown, PA; gift to NGA, 1943.

Exhibition History

Architectural Prints, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1945, no cat.
The Drawing and the Print, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; and Lowe Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, 1955, no cat.
Prints by James McNeill Whistler and His Contemporaries, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1995, as Collège Henri IV, or Lycée Napoléon, Paris.
The Darker Side of Light: Arts of Privacy, 1850-1900, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; NGA; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, 2009 - 2010


Delteil, Loys and Harold J.L. Wright. Catalogue raisonne of the Etchings of Charles Meryon. New York: Winfred Porter Truesdell, 1924.
Schneiderman, Richard S. The Catalogue Raisonne of the Prints by Charles Meryon. London: Garton & Co., 1990.

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