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    Sale 2175

    Old Masters and 19th Century Art

    4 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 59

    Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808)

    Figures on the banks of a lake with classical ruins

    Price Realised  

    Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808)
    Figures on the banks of a lake with classical ruins
    oil on canvas
    86½ x 101 in. (219.7 x 256.5 cm.)


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    Like most of Robert's large decorative panels, the present lot was originally part of a more extensive scheme whose origins are unknown. It was still paired with its original companion in the celebrated collection of Eugène Kraemer, but the two were separated in the sale after his death. That painting, Figures in a Landscape with Roman Ruins and a Gothic Tower (lot 67 in the Kraemer sale), is of identical dimensions to the present lot and is fully signed and lengthily inscribed in Latin; it was sold last year at Sotheby's New York (24 January 2008, lot 92). The two paintings, as Joseph Baillio has observed, appear to date from the 1780s.

    Our thanks to Joseph Baillio for confirming the attribution of the present painting and for his assistance in cataloguing it. This work will be included in the forthcoming critical catalogue of the paintings of Hubert Robert being prepared by The Wildenstein Institute.

    Provenance

    Eugène Kraemer, Paris; sale, Paris, Galeries Georges Petit, 5-6 May 1913, lot 68.