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    Sale 7524

    Turin London Corfu The Collection of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi

    12 - 13 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 282

    Sir James Lawton Wingate, P.R.S.A. (1846-1924)

    Villa Limonaia from Villa Ombrellino, Bellosguardo, near Florence

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    Sir James Lawton Wingate, P.R.S.A. (1846-1924)
    Villa Limonaia from Villa Ombrellino, Bellosguardo, near Florence
    signed and dated 'Wingate 1868' (lower left) and further signed, inscribed and dated 'View from Bello Squarda Gallilei's house near Florence, Italy by James L. Wingate A.R.A. 1868' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    27¾ x 49¾ in. (70.5 x 126.4 cm.)


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    The Villa Ombrellino derived its name from an umbrella-shaped pergola, erected on its terrace by Countess Teresa Spinelli Albizi who acquired the villa in 1815. With its commanding views of Florence, the house, which had previously been known as the Villa di Bellosguardo, had a list of distinguished residents: Galileo, for example, lived there from 1617 to 1631. In the twentieth century the villa belonged to Alice Keppel, mistress of King Edward VII, and her daughter, Violet Trefusis, who was an intimate friend of Vita Sackville-West.

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    Provenance

    With The Fine Art Society, London.