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    Sale 7812

    Belgravia and Lake Geneva - Two European Collections

    14 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 63

    Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808)

    Figures strolling in the colonnade of the Palazzo Farnese at Caprarola

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    Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808)
    Figures strolling in the colonnade of the Palazzo Farnese at Caprarola
    signed and dated 'H.ROBERT 1770' (on the lintel of the doorway)
    black chalk, pen and black ink, grey, green and brown wash
    20½ x 14½ in. (51.8 x 36.9 cm.)


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    Robert visited the Villa Farnese at Caprarola during his time in Rome, although the present drawing was executed 'de souvenir' after the artist's return to Paris in 1765. The villa was famous for its architectural individuality, particularly the central circular court surrounded by a vaulted colonnade, which Robert shows in the present watercolour. A drawing in red chalk, showing the opposite view of the colonnade, was sold in these Rooms on 3 April 1984, lot 84. For further drawings of Caprarola by Robert, showing the staircase and the vaulted cellars respectively, see J. de Cayeux, Les Hubert Robert de la Collection Veyrenc au Musée de Valence, Valence, 1985, nos. 11 & 46.

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