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By English artist E.M. Marshall, circa 1860.
Stock No. 6285W
Commenced in 1448, the cathedral was never fully completed and, along with the picturesque medieval city of Abbeville that was almost entirely reduced to rubble, was severely damaged during the Second World War, in one night of bombing shortly before the German army was to invade it on 20th May 1940.
Abbeville first appears in historical records during the 9th century when it belonged to the abbey of Saint-Riquier. It was to come into the possession of the Alencon and other notable French families and eventually into the house of Castile. From there, it fell by marriage to King Edward 1 of England in 1272. It was to have French and English masters until 1435 when, by the treaty of Arras, it was handed over to the Duke of Burgundy.
Emily Mary Marshall
Born in 1841, the daughter of the Reverend John William Henry Marshall, rector of Ovingdean Parish, Suffolk, and alumnus of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Emily Marshall was as well travelled and accomplished as were most ladies from the middle classes in the 1800s. More so, as with other members of her family, most notably her nephew, John William Henry Marshall-West and his brother Algernon Edward West, she was a gifted artist, painting prolifically in watercolour, scenes that reflected her European travels in Italy, France, Belgium and Holland as well as scenes from her own English surrounding countryside.
She had an eye for detail, painting everything from architecture to boats with an unerring accuracy and her work competently fluctuated in style from artistic, highly detailed and atmospheric simplicity to moody complexity in her portrayal of skies and seascapes. She captured people going about their everyday work and street scenes incorporating significant or ancient buildings and monuments with considerable ease. She also effortlessly reproduced the essence and period of each place and scene and displayed her extreme competence with the use of perspective.
The watercolours in our collection have been preserved from the effect of light and are subsequently probably as strong as when created by the artist, bold and unfaded. Each painting has been mounted and framed.