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Above the Old Town, Amboise
  • Alonso Charles Webb
    born: Nashville, Tennessee, United States ; died: Richmond, Surrey, England, United Kingdom ; active: United States
  • Above the Old Town, Amboise, circa 1920s
  • Where object was made: France
  • etching
  • Paper Type: wove
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 325 x 231 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 12 3/4 x 9 1/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 473 x 318 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 18 5/8 x 12 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 16 in
  • Gift of Hal M. Davison, Class of 1949
  • Not on display
  • 1998.0625
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"American Etchers Abroad, 1880-1939," Apr-2004, Reed Anderson
Webb’s vantage point in "Above the Old Town, Amboise" was the Château Amboise, which looms majestically above the quaint village. This palatial structure belonged to the Counts of Anjou and Berry before the region came under French rule in 1434. The building was heavily damaged by one of Napoleon’s politicians, Roger Duclos, who demolished two thirds of it in the early nineteenth century; bombs dropped by the German Luftwaffe during World War II destroyed much of what was left. Today only a few features remain that preserve the original Renaissance charm of the structure: the facade facing the river, the Tour de Nimes, and the Chapelle St. Hubert, which is believed to be the burial place of Leonardo da Vinci, who died in Clos Luce, a quarter of a mile away, in 1519.