Godefroy Durand, Saint’s Day Procession, France

Godefroy Durand, Saint’s Day Procession, France

This exquisite 19th-century drawing by French illustrator Godefroy Durand (1832-1896) depicts a Saint’s Day Procession in France. It’s rendered skilfully with each figure given its own character and story.

Durand was one of the great illustrators of his generation. He worked for several leading publications including The Graphic, a British newspaper. It’s interesting to consider whether this drawing relates to a commission, perhaps to accompany an article on the procession.

Other drawings by Durand are held in the Royal Collection, the William Morris Gallery, London, and the British Museum.

Signed lower right and framed.

Learn more about Godefroy Durand in our directory.

Medium: Ink on paper
Overall size: 24½” x 19” / 62cm x 49cm
Year of creation: c. 1880
Condition: Artwork presents well.
Artist’s auction highlight: £9,000 achieved for a watercolour in 1989.

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