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Such was the popularity and success of the design that Joli repeated it several times. The best, though not necessarily prime, version is perhaps the signed work of broadly similar format and dimensions as the present painting in Temple Newsam, Leeds, England, commissioned around 1744 in England directly from Joli by Henry Ingram (1691-1761), seventh Viscount of Irwine.1 A further version, formerly in the collection of Evelyn Waugh, is known to have been painted after Joli had moved to Madrid as it is signed Jolli/Madrid.2 Presumably several of the versions were thus based on drawings that the artist took with him around Europe. In each different version the artist varied the mood of the sky and the arrangement of the staffage, though the boatman ferrying two figures lower center seems to be a constant.
A smaller version was sold New York, Sotheby's, 28 January 2010, lot 222, for $400,000.
1. See Toledano, under Literature, p. 147, cat. no. R.VIII.1, reproduced.
2. Ibid., p. 151, cat. no. R.VIII.5.
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