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    Sale 7812

    Belgravia and Lake Geneva - Two European Collections

    14 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 82

    Antonello Campanella (1746-1811)

    Venus and Putti bathing; and Venus and Adonis, after wall paintings from the Villa Negroni, Rome, 1778-1802

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    Antonello Campanella (1746-1811)
    Venus and Putti bathing; and Venus and Adonis, after wall paintings from the Villa Negroni, Rome, 1778-1802
    with inventory number 54 and 56 in pen on the reverse
    engravings, with extensive watercolour and body colour, from the set of twelve, published by C. Buti, Pitture antiche della Villa Negroni, Rome 1778-1802
    19 x 24 in. (481 x 608 mm.); 19½ x 18 1/8 in. (495 x 462 mm.) (2)


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    The Grand Tour in the late 18th Century was the single most influential factor on the English gentleman's collecting taste and education. Jonas Brooke, heir to the Mere Hall estates in Cheshire was no exception and in 1783 departed from London with his tutor John Parkinson, bound for Naples, Rome, Tivoli, Florence, Venice and Milan. Much of the trip was occupied with the study of Classical Antiquity, but Jonas Brooke, like many Tourists, found time to make some purchases, as well as sitting to Hugh Douglas Hamilton. Sadly, whilst in Milan, he was cruelly struck down by a fever and died on 19 July 1784.

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    Provenance

    Bought in Rome by either Jonas Langford Brooke, 1783/4, or Peter Langford Brooke 1829/31 for Mere Hall, Knutsford, Cheshire
    sold Christie's house sale, 23 May 1994, lot 230.