• Old Masters and 19th Century A auction at Christies

    Sale 7842

    Old Masters and 19th Century Art

    30 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 67

    Angelica Kauffman, R.A. (Chur, Graubünden 1741-1807 Rome)

    Et in Arcadia ego

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    Angelica Kauffman, R.A. (Chur, Graubünden 1741-1807 Rome)
    Et in Arcadia ego
    signed 'Angelica Kauffman Pinx.' (centre left) and inscribed 'ET IN ARCADIA EGO' (central right)
    oil on canvas
    40½ x 50¾ in. (102.8 x 120.9 cm.)

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    This painting illustrates a scene in George Keate's play The Monument in Arcadia (1773), when the elderly shepherd Dorastus is reunited with his daughter Euphemia, who was abducted by Spartans as an infant. It was painted in Rome in May 1790 for Keate, who was a friend of the artist.

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    Given by the artist to George Keate (1729-1797), writer and painter (50 gns.).


    'Memorandum of Paintings by Angelica Kauffmann', in V. Manners and G.C. Williamson, Angelica Kauffmann, R.A.: Her Life and Works, London, 1924, p. 158.
    W. Wassyng Roworth, 'Between 'Old Tiber' and 'Envious Thames': The Angelica Kauffman Connection,' in D. Marshall, S. Russell and K. Wolfe, eds., Roma Britannica: Art Patronage and Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-Century Rome, London, 2010.


    Vaduz, Liechtensteinische Staatliche Kunstsammlung, and Milan, Palazzo della Permanente, Hommage an Angelika Kauffmann, June 1992-January 1993.