FIGURES WALKING PAST A RIVER WITH DISTANT HOUSES

Bears numbering in pencil verso

Pen & sepia ink with grey washes, heightened with bodycolour, on laid paper

18.5 x 26cm [mounted & unframed]

 

 

The present work is an excellent example of Zuccarelli's distinctive palette and "mottled 'tortoise-shell' wash" [1], the latter of which may have inspired Gainsborough's landscape drawings in part. The application of white bodycolour in small 'clumps' and all around the sheet is also a tell-tale sign of the Anglo-Tuscan transplant's hand. For comparable works, see those in the British Museum (e.g. acc. no. PP,5.147), the Stadel Museum, Frankfurt (acc. no. 507 Z) and the Morgan Museum & Library, New York (acc. no. 1983.66).

 

 

Notes:

[1] Cf. cat. note for Italian Landscape with Fishermen, in Gainsborough and Reynolds in the BM (ed. Timothy Clifford et. al.), Gainsborough and Reynolds in the BM', London (1978), cat. no. 61

 

FRANCESCO ZUCCARELLI, R.A. (1702 - 1788)

£1,250.00Price