12 - 13 December 2007,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 20,900
Circle of Antoine-Ignace Melling (French, 1763-1831)
View of Constantinople, circa 1750
grey wash on paper
16 x 53¼ in. (40.7 cm. x 135.6 cm.)
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At the time when this painting was exectued the Ottoman Empire was enjoying the only time of relative calm in a century dominated by war, first with Venice and later with Austria and Russia. Sultan Mahmud I (r.1730-1754) was on the throne, and the empire had begun its long period of decline.
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With Pietro Accorsi, Turin.