5 July 2005
Salomon Corrodi (Fehraltorf 1810-1892 Como)
View of Frascati with the Villa Aldobrandini, with a distant prospect of Rome
signed, inscribed and dated 'Corrodi. Roma 1840.'
black lead, watercolour heightened with white and gum arabic
20¼ x 29½ in. (513 x 751 mm.)
Perhaps Queen Maria Cristina of Sardinia (1779-1849), according to an inventory label on the frame stamped 'Casa di S.M. la Regina Maria Cristina' with inscription 'n. 12. M.C.' on the frame.
Perhaps Ferdinand, Duke of Genoa (1822-1855), son of King Carlo Alberto of Sardinia, according to an inventory label on the frame stamped 'S.A.R. il Duca di Genova' with inscription 'No 40.'.
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