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French Interior

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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This painting is a romanticised studio composition, based on a drawing of a chimneypiece which William James Müller had made during a visit to France in 1840. The lintel over the fireplace carries the inscription 'Agnes Sorrell/Orleans'. Agnes Sorel was the mistress of Charles VII of France and Müller had visited her house at Orléans. His intention here was not to recreate a specific place or period but rather to suggest the passing of time and the decay of former grandeur.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery



French Interior




oil on panel


H 29.8 x W 41.9 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Miss Hudd and her nieces in memory of the late Samuel Frederick Hudd, 1923

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