55
55
Attributed to Rosalba Carriera
THE FOUR SEASONS
Estimation
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Lot. Vendu 75,650 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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55
Attributed to Rosalba Carriera
THE FOUR SEASONS
Estimation
40 00060 000
Lot. Vendu 75,650 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Attributed to Rosalba Carriera
VENICE 1675 - 1757
THE FOUR SEASONS
Quantité: 4
a set of four, all oil on canvas
each: 66 by 33.5 cm.; 26 by 13 1/4 in.
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Provenance

Possibly Frederick, 3rd Earl of Bessborough;
His sale, London, Christie's, 7 February 1801, lot 6 ('Rosalba Four, the Seasons, very capital, in oil').

Description

ENGRAVED:
John Simon, London, circa 1730s;
Richard Houston, London, 1775.

Though pastel was Rosalba's favored medium, she was equally adept in oil.  Her earliest works were copies in oil of old masters which were sold to the growing tourist trade.  Rosalba painted one of her most important patrons, Augustus III of Poland, in oil (Vienna, Kunsthistoriches Museum), while another surviving oil – one of the four seasons, Spring – was exhibited in Treasures of Venice (Royal Academy, London, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington) in 1994.  An oil of Winter, in the same pose as here, was offered by Agnew's in 1975.

Rosalba never discarded the pastellist's technique when working in oil. In the present works, the application of the paint is dry and feathery and the colouring remains noticeably soft and matt.  The dramatic backgrounds embodying further references to the subject are identical to Rosalba's pastels, while the typically elegant hands are characteristically modelled, reflecting Rosalba's certain understanding of anatomy as well as facial features. 

An engraving by John Simon (1675-1751) of the present lot, showing exact replications of the four poses, has been dated to the 1730s, thus further indicating their early English provenance. The inscription on the plates reads: Rosalba, pinxt. J. Simon, fecit. The publisher is also given as John Simon, from the Golden Eagle in Villers Street York Buildings. Simon was one of the leading mezzotint engravers of his day, particularly noted for his portraits after Kneller and Dahl.  In 1775, the plates were reworked by Richard Houston, and were inscribed: Rosalba, pinxt; Houston, fecit, 1775.

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