Raoul Varin (French, 1865-1943), etching, view of Notre Dame Cathedral, Reims, showing the rubble of damaged buildings and the facades of ruins on either side of a narrow street. The Cathedral and surrounding buildings were badly damaged during World War I. This plate was issued as part of a portfolio of plates entitled 'Reims en ruines'; the set was printed by Vernant & Dollé, Paris, circa 1920. Raoul Varin, a French engraver who exhibited in the Salon of French Artists receiving an honorable mention in 1892. He engraved signed, limited edition numbered prints, principally New York City and Chicago views, in the 1920s and 1930s. Pencil signed lower right “R. Varin”. Matted, glued to matboard. Measures 21.5in x 15in overall and 15.5in x 9.5in plate only. Condition: In storage for decades away from light this print is nice and bright with great contrast. Light toning at edges of mat board, although it’s mostly the mat itself and not on the print, glued to front matboard.
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