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Carlo Bossoli (Lugano 1815-1884 Turin)
Carlo Bossoli (Lugano 1815-1884 Turin)

A view of the Genoese fortress at Balaklava

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Carlo Bossoli (Lugano 1815-1884 Turin)
A view of the Genoese fortress at Balaklava
signed 'C. Bossoli' (lower center)
bodycolor and colored chalk on paper laid down on canvas
30¼ x 44 in. (76.8 x 111.8 cm.)
Provenance
with Frost & Reed, London.

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Balaklava is a city on the Crimean peninsula, now part of the Ukraine. The ruins of the fortress depicted on the top of a rocky hill were built by Genoese merchants who used the city as a trading post. During the Crimean War the Anglo-French-Ottoman alliance suffered a massive defeat there in 1854.
For a similar view of Balaklava and the Genoese fortress see also Bossoli's Balaklava, signed and dated 1856, last recorded in a private collection in Turin (Cinquanti'anni di vita europea nei disegni e nei dipinti di Carlo Bossoli, exhib. cat., Lugano, 1974, p. 35, no. 178, illus.).

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