D.Y. Cameron Rare Original Hand Signed Pencil Drawing of 13th C. Coutances Church France c. 1910 Unmatted, Unframed


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Title: Coutances Cathedral (France)
Artist: David Young Cameron - (1865-1945) - Scottish artist
Technique: Original pencil drawing
Signature: Signed and titled in pencil by the artist with his characteristic initials "DYC" at the bottom right.
Date: c. 1910
Dimensions: Sheet size - 10 x 14-1/4 inches, Image size - 10 x 14-1/4 inches
Condition: Excellent Condition on the full size sheet with pin holes in the corners where the sheet was tacked to a drawing board by the artist while the drawing was being made and a small nick out of the lower right edge of the sheet. (Please see photos.)
Provenance: From a New York Collection
Medium: Original Drawing in pencil on natural wove paper, likely handmade.
Presentation: Unmatted and unframed. Blank on the back, not laid down. Ships in a plastic archival sleeve.
Description: D.Y. Cameron was a world renowned artist whose etchings, drawings, and paintings were held in high regard during his lifetime and whose works are prized by collectors today.

Cameron's skill as a draftsman is evident in this beautifully rendered pencil drawing of the 13th century Gothic Roman cathedral in Coutances France in Normandy. The Church was begun in 1210 by incorporating the ruins of an earlier 5th century building within its structure, and was completed in 1274.

To provide scale, and show the size of the large church relative to ordinary people, Cameron placed a large crowd in the foreground. It seems to be a market or fair day with many tents erected on the church grounds. Stone structures can sometimes seem cold and austere, but here the artist has brought a warmth and softness that makes the church open and inviting. You see the connection between the cathedral and the greater community that surrounds it. Today the church is almost identical to what Cameron drew more than 100 years ago.

This is a very fine drawing by a highly regarded British artist. Here is a chance to open a rare and unique work that is both an artistic and historic record of a great 20th century artist, and a great piece of medieval French architecture.

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Sir David Young Cameron was born in Glasgow, Scotland and died in Perth, Scotland. He was trained at the Glasgow and Edinburgh Schools of Art in the 1880s.

From 1887-1902 he was a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers. It was during this time that he published a number of sets of etchings including The Clyde Set, The North Holland Set and The North Italian Set. In general his prints feature areas of contrasting dark and light. Cameron became a member of the Royal Academy in 1920.

Cameron would later become known for his church interiors and barren landscapes of Scotland done in drypoint. The feathery lightness of these drypoints was in visual contrast with the rock and water of the subjects. His work was highly sought after by collectors, until the Great Crash in 1929 brought a collapse in prices for prints in general.

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