9 July 1999
Gaspard Dughet, called Poussin (Rome 1615-1675)
A stormy Italianate landscape with figures by a river, a town beyond
oil on canvas
29 x 38 in. (73.7 x 97.8 cm.)
Dr. Robert Bragge, 1741.
(Probably) Benjamin Booth (1732-1807), and by descent to his grandson, Richard Ford (1796-1858), 123 Park Street, where recorded in the drawing room by his widow, Mrs. Ford of Percarrow, and by descent through Sir Clair Ford to the vendor.
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M.-N. Boisclair, Gaspard Dughet, sa vie et son oeuvre (1615-1675), Paris, 1986, p. 296, under no. B.13.
London, Royal Academy, Works by Old Masters, 1882, no. 142, lent by F. Clark Ford.
Boisclair, who knew the composition through Chatelain's print, expressed doubts as to whether a version of the picture in the Morandotti collection, Rome (op. cit., no. B.13, fig. 468) corresponded with that owned by Bragge, commenting on its 'facture' and on minor compositional variations, and arguing that the picture in question might be a copy: the reemergence of the present canvas confirms her view. She recognised that a small circular work in Munich (op. cit., R.9) is an 'imitation assez mdiocre' of the present (Bragge) picture.
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