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Notre Dame

Wilfred Byron Shaw

Artwork Details

Notre Dame
circa 1921
Wilfred Byron Shaw
etching on paper
9 3/8 in x 7 in (23.8 cm x 17.8 cm);9 3/8 in x 7 in (23.8 cm x 17.8 cm)
Gift of Prof. and Mrs. Alfred H. White

On Display

Not currently on display


Subject Matter:

This print depicts the Seine river in Paris with the cathedral of Notre Dame in the background. It is likely a reflection on a trip Shaw took to Paris as he was already working for University of Michigan's Alumni Association at the time of its creation. This work is characteristic of the many etchings Wilfred Byron Shaw completed in his lifetime. Shaw was a Michigan native and worked for many years at the University of Michigan Alumni Association. He attended art school in Chicago and over his career created many etchings of his surroundings on the University of Michigan's campus and elsewhere, as well as people he knew.  

Physical Description:

This work is an etching showing a river and, across it, a large cathedral. The river runs through the main portion of the work, with a paved river bank along the right hand side with several fishermen on it. There are two boats along the right side of the river and a few smaller boats in the background. In the distance is a bridge over the river and on the opposite bank there is a large cathedral with two towers and some trees behind it. 

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