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From, Beautiful Buildings in France & Belgium, Including many which have been destroyed during the war. Reproductions in Colour and Monochrome from rare old Prints and Drawings, by and after Prout, Boys, Coney, W. Callow, David Roberts, C. Wild and others, with descriptive notes, by C. Harrison Townsend, F.R.I.B.A.; New York: The Hubbell Publishing Co., 1916; pp. 86-89.



(T. S. Boys)

Black and white drawing, by T. S. Boys of the streets of 19th century Dieppe, France, with several old buildings and two men carrying material on a litter.




(T. S. Boys)

Block Print of the decorated letter THOUGH Dieppe, like Calais, bears to-day a decidedly modern aspect, with wide streets and hotels for the holiday-lover, it has, however, away from the Plage and its gay crowd, several remains of the old town and monuments that appeal to the lovers of its old life, and to the architect and painter.

The quiet streets, of which Boys’ sketch gives us a pleasant example, were, but lately, in the height of the Dieppe season, gay and busy thoroughfares, and a busy throng of pleasure-seeking visitors replaced in this — one of the most frequented 88 pleasure-places on the coast of France — the old-world restfulness and leisurely life the artist shows us.

The town possesses two or three note-worthy churches, notwithstanding that in its modernization these have suffered from a too-zealous restoration — the fate of so many French buildings. Amongst them are the Churches of St. Jacques and St. Rémy, the latter now standing in the centre of a place, freed from the houses that grouped around its base, a clearance that has meant a gain in architectural interest at the cost of the quaintness and picturesqueness dear to the painter.


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