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DAVID ROBERTS, R.A. (1796-1864)
  • DAVID ROBERTS, R.A. (1796-1864)

    ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENTS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE CARMELITES, BURGOS

    Titled in pencil l.r. Monastery of the Carmelites / BURGOS

    Watercolour with pencil, heightened with white

    16.5 x 14.5 cm

     

    PROVENANCE:

    Mrs Notman (by 1926);

    Private collection, Scotland

     

    EXHIBITED:

    Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy Centenary Exhibition, April 17 - August 28, 1926, cat. no. 584 (Architectural Fragments, body-colour on grey paper, loaned by Mrs Notman)

     

     

     

    Roberts visited Burgos in the first week of January, 1835, shortly after the Duke of Wellington had fought a significant battle against the French and reduced the castle there 'to a heap of ruins'; however, the Cathedral was thankfully untouched by the fighting, and Roberts declared it 'one of the finest in Spain' (1). He stayed in the city for a week, producing numerous studies which he later worked up into exhibition paintings, showed the following year at the Royal Academy (of which one is now in the Tate, London, acc. no. N00400), with several also reproduced as lithographs upon his return to London. 

    • NOTES

      (1) From a letter by Roberts to his sister, 8th January 1835, quoted in Ballantine, James, The life of David Roberts, R.A. : compiled from his journals and other sources, Edinburgh (1866), p.44

    £1,100.00Price
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