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    Sale 7812

    Belgravia and Lake Geneva - Two European Collections

    14 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 62

    Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808)

    Capriccio of classical sculptures with a group listening to an orator

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    Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808)
    Capriccio of classical sculptures with a group listening to an orator
    signed 'HUBERTI/ROBERTI.' (in the cartouche on the altar, lower left)
    black chalk, pen and black ink, watercolour
    19¾ x 16½ in. (52 x 41.3 cm.)


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    The present watercolour, like the previous lot, was executed late in the artist's career and presents a picturesque capriccio of sculptures which Robert had studied during his period in Rome. From left to right the statues include a moumental marble krater, perhaps that at the Campo Santo in Pisa (P. Bober & R. Rubinstein, Renaissance Artists & Antique Sculpture, London, 1986, no.91); a monumental foot, perhaps intended to be that of Constantine in the Capitoline Museum, Rome; and one of the two Dioscori, inscribed 'OPUS/PRAXITELIS'.

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    Provenance

    L'Hotel George V, Paris, 29 May 1969, lot 72.
    with Galerie Cailleux, Paris (their stamp, not in Lugt).