• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 147

    Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808)

    The courtyard of a farmhouse

    Price Realised  

    Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808)
    The courtyard of a farmhouse
    red chalk, brown ink framing lines
    14½ x 11 3/8 in. (36.8 x 28.9 cm.)


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    François Renaud's mount, presumably contemporary to the drawing, bears an inscription on the back noting that it was in the artist's 1809 posthumous sale. The imprecise catalogue entries and multiple group lots preclude confirmation of this.

    Datable the 1770s after Robert's return from Rome to Paris, this composition evokes the pastoral themes popularized by François Boucher. Indeed, Robert's 1809 sale included over 200 drawings by Boucher.

    For other pastoral red chalk drawings by Robert from the 1770s, see Shepherds crossing a waterfall (Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art), Two figures at rest in a clearing (Valence, Musée des Beaux-Arts), and Young girls with a bird cage (Valence, Musée des Beaux-Arts) (repr. in V. Carlson, Hubert Robert: Drawings & Watercolors, exh. cat. Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, 1978, nos. 32, 35, 46).

    Provenance

    Possibly the artist's posthumous sale, 5 April 1809 (according to an inscription on the mount).
    F. Renaud (L. 1042).
    L. Deglatigny (L. 1768a); Paris, Galerie Charpentier, 28 May 1937, lot 81.
    Courtier, Paris.
    With Colnaghi, New York, 1984, no. 40, where purchased by the present owner.