Another remodelled church today, but with a very different story.
This little etching has lurked in the collection for years and it is satisfying to be able to give it a name and tell its story. It depicts the porch of the church of St Gilles, in Caen which was founded in the eleventh century. As is usually the case, it underwent additions and alterations across the subsequent centuries. In July 1944 it was destroyed by allied bombing during the Battle of Caen. It was not re-built and the one remaining wall was preserved as a picturesque ornament in what is now a small public garden.
Below is our etching, two photographs of the porch, and finally the view today.
Charles J. Watson Portico. Etching. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, presented by Clare Wadsworth, 1979
Eugène Lefèvre-Pontalis [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Alfred-Nicolas Normand (1822-1909) This file was uploaded with Commonist. (Médiathèque de l'architecture et du patrimoine) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Google streetview, January 2013