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Charles-François Grenier de Lacroix, called Lacroix de Marseille
Marseille circa 1700 - 1782 Berlin
MORNING: FISHERFOLK ON A ROCKY COAST, A FORTIFIED TOWN BEYOND; EVENING: A COUPLE DANCING NEAR A CAVE, THEIR BARGE AWAITING OFF THE SHORE
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PROPERTY FROM THE LONDON RESIDENCE OF DIMITRI MAVROMMATIS

Charles-François Grenier de Lacroix, called Lacroix de Marseille
Marseille circa 1700 - 1782 Berlin
MORNING: FISHERFOLK ON A ROCKY COAST, A FORTIFIED TOWN BEYOND; EVENING: A COUPLE DANCING NEAR A CAVE, THEIR BARGE AWAITING OFF THE SHORE
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Charles-François Grenier de Lacroix, called Lacroix de Marseille
Marseille circa 1700 - 1782 Berlin
MARSEILLE CIRCA 1700 - 1782 BERLIN
MORNING: FISHERFOLK ON A ROCKY COAST, A FORTIFIED TOWN BEYOND; EVENING: A COUPLE DANCING NEAR A CAVE, THEIR BARGE AWAITING OFF THE SHORE
Quantity: 2

a pair, the former signed and dated lower left on the rock: De La Croix/ 1767


both oil on canvas
the former: 48 by 64.2 cm.; 19 by 25 1/4 in. the latter: 47.7 by 64 cm.; 18 3/4 by 25 1/4 in.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale, Paris, Palais Galliera, 16-27 June 1967, lots 202 and 203;
With Newhouse Galleries, New York;
Dr. Daniel McLean McDonald;
His deceased sale, London, Christie's, 11 December 1992, lot 36;
With Richard Green, London, from whom acquired by the present owner.

Exhibited

London, Leggatt Brothers, Paintings from the collection of Dr. D.M. Macdonald, 16 October - 6 November 1970, nos. 17 and 18.

Literature

Paintings from the collection of Dr. D.M. Macdonald, exhibition catalogue, London, Leggatt Brothers, 16 October - 6 November 1970, pp. 35-37, cat. nos. 17 and 18, both reproduced.

Catalogue Note

Lacroix de Marseille painted the latter of these views on several other occasions: in a painting that sold in these Rooms, 5 July 2005, lot 13 (£130,000) which pre-dates the present work by three years, having been painted in 1764; in another work that sold in these Rooms, 8 March 1972, lot 72 (dated 1776); and in another which sold Monaco, Sotheby's, 15-16 June 1990, lot 294 (dated 1770).

These paintings were probably executed in Rome, where Lacroix is first documented in 1750 in the company of the Marquis de Vandières. His first dated work is from this same year, a view of a Seaport, signed and dated 'Grenier. de La. Crois. fecit Rom 1750'.The following year he made four copies of works by Claude-Joseph Vernet, under whom he was certainly studying so indistinguishable in style are his copies from Vernet's originals.Only after Vernet left Rome in 1753 do Lacroix's paintings take on their own identity. He is not recorded back in France until 1776, when he exhibited at the Exposition du Colisée, and it thus seems likely that these works were painted by Lacroix while he was still in Rome. 

1.  In Ohio, Toledo Museum of Art; see France and the Eighteenth Century, exhibition catalogue, London, Royal Academy, 6 January 1968 - 3 March 1969, no. 358.
2.  Now at Uppark, Sussex; Vernet's originals are also at Uppark.

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