Architectural Antiquities of Normandy by John Sell Cotman - London, J. & A. Cornhill

France - Rouen - Archives départementales de Seine-Maritime
BHN 664
Late modern period
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Many British citizens started to explore their Anglo-Norman roots from the second half of the 18th century onwards. Normandy was a popular destination for artists: painters like Turner, photographers like Tenison, but also engravers who reproduced their creations. Published in 1820 and 1825, the Architectural Antiquities of Normandy contains 97 engravings produced by John Sell Cotman. The very detailed descriptions were written by the antiques collector Dawson Turner. 


The French edition, les Antiquités monumentales de la Normandie, published in 1881 by A. Lévy, diplays 100 plates drawn and engraved by John Cotman, with historical and descriptive notes by Paul Louisy.

The introduction is written by Charles de Beaurepaire, senior archivist in charge of the department of Seine-Inférieure during 50 years.


View 1 : Rouen Cathedral is particularly well presented, with two double-page views showing the western side and the south portal. The number of buildings that were then attached to the cathedral is remarkable.

View 2 : St Ouen Abbey, Rouen

View 3 : Croix de Pierre Fountain, Rouen

View 4 : Hotel of Bourgtheroulde, Rouen

View 5 : St Paul Church, Rouen

View 6 : St Gervais Church, Rouen - crypt

View 7 : St Julien's hospital Chapel, Rouen

View 8 : Dieppe Castle

View 9 : St Jacques Church, Dieppe - front

View 10 : Abbey of the Holy Trinity Church, Caen

View 11 : Saint-Etienne Church, Caen

View 12 : Saint-Michel of Vaucelles Church, Caen

View 13 : Saint-Nicolas Church, Caen

View 14 : Abbey of Jumieges Church

View 15 : Saint-Pierre Church, Lisieux

View 16 : Louviers Church

View 17 : Montivilliers Abbey

View 18 : Saint-George of Boscherville Abbey

View 19 : Abbey of Saint-Sauveur Le Vicomte Church

View 20 : Castle of Saint-Sauveur Le Vicomte

View 21 : Saint-Hildebert Church, Gournay

View 22 : Notre-Dame Church, Seez

View 23 : Cerisy Church

View 24 : Notre-Dame Church, Coutances

View 25 : Chateau-Gaillard

View 26 : Arques Castle

View 27 : Falaise Castle

View 28 : Tancarville Castle

View 29 : Fontaine-Henri Castle

View 30 : Mont-Saint-Michel




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