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PROPERTY FROM THE BERGER COLLECTION EDUCATIONAL TRUST, SOLD TO BENEFIT FUTURE PHILANTHROPY

David Roberts, R.A.
INTERIOR OF SANTI GIOVANNI E PAOLO, VENICE
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE BERGER COLLECTION EDUCATIONAL TRUST, SOLD TO BENEFIT FUTURE PHILANTHROPY

David Roberts, R.A.
INTERIOR OF SANTI GIOVANNI E PAOLO, VENICE
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
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David Roberts, R.A.
EDINBURGH 1796 - 1864 LONDON
INTERIOR OF SANTI GIOVANNI E PAOLO, VENICE
Watercolor over pencil, heightened with bodycolour on gray paper;
signed lower right: David Roberts. RA. 1851, inscribed lower left: Venice Octr. 18th. 1851
327 by 533 mm; 12 7/8  by 21 in
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Provenance

Sale, London, Sotheby's, 15 June 1960, lot 73;
with The Fine Art Society, London, by 1964;
sale, London, Christie's, 11 November 1997, lot 123,
where acquired by Bernadette and William M.B. Berger, Denver, Colorado

Exhibited

London, The Fine Art Society, April 1964, no. 5

Catalogue Note

Roberts made his only visit to Venice in 1851, where he stayed for five weeks from late September to October.  He was captivated by the floating city, writing to his son-in-law that he was ‘at work from 9 o’clock until 4 or 5 in the afternoon.’1 The present work is one of several known ‘on the spot’ drawings that Roberts made of the exterior and interior of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, a Dominican church which houses the tombs of many Doges and is considered to be one of Venice's most important religious buildings.  Long after Roberts had left Italy, this church continued to occupy his mind and he exhibited an oil painting of this splendid interior at the Royal Academy in 18582 (Manchester City Art Galleries), as well as painting at least two oil versions in 1861. 
We are grateful to Krystyna Matyjaskiewicz for her help when cataloguing this work.

1. K. Sim, David Roberts RA 1796-1864, A Biography, London 1984, p. 263

2. A. Graves, The Royal Academy of Arts, vol. VI, London 1906, p. 318

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