The Pont Neuf and Town of Cahors, France, looking North WestArtist:
, British, 1852 - 1917
Material and Medium: pen and ink on paper
Dimensions: Support: 267 x 372mm
Accession Number: CGSG00465
This drawing is an example of a ‘memorial study’, a view commissioned by John Ruskin to record medieval architecture that was under the threat of destruction or restoration. Restoration was in Ruskin's eyes much the same as destruction, as he felt the original 'spirit' of the craftsman could not be retained or substituted in new replacements.
Ruskin regularly engaged Randal for this type of work. He had been in France for some time when he received a letter stating '…If the railway from Limoges went south to Cahors there is or was a bridge there…You are not to draw the bridge… in colour, but only any bit of it you like.' Randal made a number of studies of the bridge, most of them in colour. Though this one is without colour it is unshaded and is probably a tracing of another watercolour.