The Remarks Tours

5.1. Falaise Castle, Rev J L Petit


c1839, 27x21cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

Petit travelled frequently all over France in later years after 1850, and returned to paint Falaise again several times, for example in 1859 and 1863 with his sister Emma (see 8.4). While the later pictures are more complex, none match the finish and mood of this first time.

5.2 Louviers, France, Rev J L Petit


c1839, 27x21cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

‘The rich flamboyant porch is well known by engravings. The elevation of the west front would be pleasing but for a heavy unfinished tower attached to the north aisle, which even in its present state out-tops the square central one’ Remarks Vol II, p259.

5.3 Hougoumont Chapel, Belgium, Rev J L Petit (1801-68)


c1837, 18x10cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

This was done on one of the earlier trips through Belgium, down the Rhine through Germany and Switzerland. A small picture drawn just 20+ years after the battle of Waterloo, showing the chapel at Hougoumont which survived the battle practically unscathed.

5.4 View From The Ticino At Pavia, Rev J L Petit

c1839, 10x18cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

In total 10 illustrations of interiors and exteriors of churches from Pavia were included in Remarks, but not this glorious view of the mountains behind the town from across the river, which he did for its own sake.

5.5 Roman Remains, Nr Nice, Rev J L Petit (1801-68),  


c1839, 14x23cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

Petit also painted a number of other landscape views on the Remarks tour, and finished them carefully. Here are shown the Roman Remains near Nice, which he describes on p228 of Vol 2.

5.6 Nr Ventimiglia, Rev J L Petit

c1839, 23x21cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

Ventimiglia is in Italy,near the French border. There is an inscription verso in pencil describing the view, which had impressed him. Petit was to paint views of mountain ranges in the distance frequently on his later sketching tours too, especially in the Pyrenees (see 8.). Sometimes these are more dramatic, but none are as carefully finished as those of 1839.

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