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    Sale 7744

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art Day Sale

    8 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 130

    Luigi Calamatta (Civitavecchia 1802-1869 Milan)

    Portrait of Marie Marcotte

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Luigi Calamatta (Civitavecchia 1802-1869 Milan)
    Portrait of Marie Marcotte
    signed and dated 'L. Calamatta 1833.', with inscriptions 'Marie Legentil 4 ans' (on a label on the verso of the mount)
    pencil, on paper wrapped around its original cardboard support
    10¾ x 8 5/8 in. (27.3 x 22 cm.)


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    Calamatta was one of Ingres' favourite engravers and the artist commissioned from him eighteen engravings and one lithograph based on his work. Introduced by Ingres to Charles Marcotte (1773-1864), he became very close to the latter and his family. As shown by his letters to Marcotte, he was particularly fond of Marie (1828-1920), his friend's eldest child. In the present drawing he represents her at the age of four, that is three years after Ingres, who also had a special affection for the child, had executed his famous drawing of her in a high chair (H. Naef, Die Bildniszeichnungen von J.-A.-D. Ingres, Bern, 1977-80, V, no. 326). Ingres' portrait of Marie at the age of seventeen, along with the portrait of her fiancé Alexandre Legentil, is included in the Evening Sale, July 7, lot 57.
    Following Ingres' example who favoured this technique, Calamatta is using a prepared tablet. It consists of paper stretched around a cardboard tablet, glued down along the edges and on the back of the board. This allowed the artist to work on a smooth and resilient surface.

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    Provenance

    Charles Marcotte, and by descent to the present owner.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the photograph for this lot has been incorrectly printed in black and white.


    Pre-Lot Text

    DRAWINGS BY INGRES AND CALAMATTA FROM THE COLLECTION OF CHARLES MARCOTTE (LOTS 130-131, AND EVENING SALE, 7 July, LOTS 54-56)