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    Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 171

    Gaspare Gabrielli (1770-1828)

    Neo-classical design for a fan

    Price Realised  


    Gaspare Gabrielli (1770-1828)
    Neo-classical design for a fan
    traces of pencil, pen and brown ink, grey and brown wash, bodycolour with gum arabic, on vellum
    9¼ x 17¾ in. (235 x 450 mm.)

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    The 2nd Lord Cloncurry's advanced political views and friendship with the United Irishmen had resulted in his imprisonment in the Tower of London. On his release circa 1801, he engaged Richard Morrison to carry out improvements to his father's house - Lyons, Co. Kildare - whilst he embarked on an extravagant and acquisitive Grand Tour of Italy, buying sculptures and antiquities, including columns from the Golden House of Nero. It was on his extended sojourn that Lord Cloncurry encountered Gaspare Gabrielli, an Italian landscape artist, whom he brought back to Ireland in 1805 and commissioneed to paint the celebrated painted Music Room at Lyons.

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    Presumably commissioned by the 2nd Lord Cloncurry for Lyons, Co. Kildare, Ireland (according to an inscription on the reverse of the frame).