16 June 2000
David Roberts, R.A. (1796-1864)
Chancel of the Church of St. Rombauld, Tirlemont, Flanders
signed and dated 'D.Roberts 1829' (lower centre)
oil on panel, framed with an arched top
16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm.)
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The Times, 22 March 1830, p. 3.
J. Ballantine, The Life of David Roberts R.A., Edinburgh, 1866, p. 33, no. 40.
London, Suffolk Street, Society of British Artists, 1830, no. 415 (50 gns. to Lord Farnborough).
The present picture is the second version of this subject which Roberts painted. The first was exhibited in London at the British Institution in 1828 and was purchased by Lord Northwick for 30 guineas. Roberts has varied the figures in the two compositions as well as details such as the sculptures in the niches above the altar.
Charles Long, 1st Lord Farnborough (1760-1838), who married the daughter of another noted collector, Sir Abraham Hume, was an influential connoisseur and one of the moving spirits in the foundation of the National Gallery, to which he presented Thomas Gainsborough's Watering Place.
Please note that the present work was recorded in Robert's record book, under 1829, 'I also Painted a duplicate of the Interior of the Church of St Rombauld which was Exhibited this Spring at Suffolk Street. Purchased by The Right Honb. Lord Farnbrough for which I received Fifty Guineas'.
We are grateful to Krystyna Matyjaskiewicz for her assistance with this catalogue entry.
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