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Attribution
Attributed to Roulland le Roux, French, active 1509–1527
probably with Pierre des Aubeaux
Title
Design for the Rouen Cathedral Tower
Date
1516
Medium
Pen and ink, gray wash, stylus and compass marks, with traces of metalpoint on parchment attached to a later wooden spool
Dimensions
Sheet (parchment, irregular): 132 × 25 3/4 in. (335.3 × 65.4 cm) Other (spool): 31 3/8 × 1 1/2 in. (79.7 × 3.8 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the Agnes Cullen Arnold Endowment Fund

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2018.123
Classification
Drawings, Pastels & Watercolors
Provenance

Probably presented by Roulland le Roux (master mason of Rouen Cathedral, active c. 1500-1520) to the chapter of Rouen Cathedral, 8 March 1516; given to Jacques-Alexandre-Henry du Moucel (1693/94-1767), Lord of Louraille, ‘prèsident à mortier’ of the parliament of Rouen (1718-42), 1726 (1); French family of architects, France, until 2014; [Les Enluminures, Paris], 2014; [Sam Fogg, Ltd, London], 2014 - 2017; purchased by MFAH, 2018. (1) A strip of parchment attached to the back of the Tower drawing has an inscription written in an 18th-century hand in thick brown ink: Le Boucher Prestre au Dessous de Mr Le President De Louraille en l’année 1726. It translates as “The priest Le Boucher, under (?) Monsieur the President of Louraille during the year 1726.” The inscription suggests that it was probably added when the object changed hands.