London, South Kensington
18 January 2000
VIEWS -- A small 4° album, [early 19th century], largely unused, but containing three original miniature gouache views of Pressano, Ponticci, and the Bay of Naples (115 x 80mm.), mounted in, also a larger watercolour of two Italian peasants with Vesuvius in the background, one watercolour view of a Jacobean castellated mansion (185 x 230mm.), and another of a farmhouse, possibly in Switzerland (167 x 208mm., loosely inserted), together with several portrait sketches, contemporary blue morocco gilt (extremities worn).
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Introducing the first auction in a series of three offering the collection of Paul Destribats, the Paris-based bibliophile
A cheaper, quicker alternative to oil paint, pastel became the perfect medium for portraits of the middle class