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    Sale 7524

    Turin London Corfu The Collection of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi Volume II Session II

    12 - 13 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 306

    Carlo Bossoli (Italian, 1815-1884)

    The Bosphoros by Day; and by Night

    Price Realised  


    Carlo Bossoli (Italian, 1815-1884)
    The Bosphoros by Day; and by Night
    both signed in pencil 'C. Bossoli' (lower right)
    bodycolour heightened with oil
    9 3/8 x 16½ in. (24.8 x 42 cm.)
    a pair (2)

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    Carlo Bossoli was one of the greatest of the 19th Century Italian vedutisti, painters of cityscapes and vistas. Patrons including Queen Victoria and the King of Sardinia collected views he painted during his travels through Europe, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa.

    Bossoli was born in Davesco near Lugano in Switzerland, but grew up in Odessa after his family emigrated to what was then an area within the Russian Empire. There he worked in a print shop until his autodidactic talent was discovered by the governor, Count Vronzov. The count sent the young Bossoli to Rome and Naples to perfect his skills in the media of watercolour and gouache, which he favoured for the rest of his life.

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