Zygmunt Vogel’s vision of Warsaw

These 36 watercolours of the city were crucial in its reconstruction


From 15 May to 26 June, the Polish Cultural Institute is showing thirty-six watercolour views of Warsaw by Zygmunt Vogel (1764-1826), near-contemporary of the better-known Bellotto. These come from the Warsaw National Museum’s collection. Vogel trained as an architect and was a resident artist at the Polish Royal Court. Painted in 1785-86, these watercolours were the property of the Raczynski family prior to World War II, and were crucially important, with Bellotto’s views, in the rebuilding of Warsaw. Vogel’s watercolours were taken by the occupying forces to Germany but in 1946 were successfully claimed back and returned.

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, 18 May 1992