This attribution was first proposed by Dario Lucci.
Dimitri Sursock, Beirut and London; Thence by descent to the present collector.
Dimitri Sursock’s extensive collection – including works by Canaletto, Bellotto, Boucher and Lancret among others – was separated after his death, with half of the collection donated to the Italian State. This part of his collection is hung together in the National Gallery, Palazzo Barberini, Rome.
Oil on canvas, one of the pair recently strip-lined (archway at right). The canvas is somewhat slack on the structure and there is some undulation and bumping visible especially at the top edge due to the stretcher bar. The surface is relatively fresh. Minor surface dirt. Under UV light there are scattered small areas of retouching throughout. The most notable areas are retouching to the afore-mentioned stretcher bar marks at the upper edge; in the upper left and right corners; along the left stretcher bar marks in the sky; A 6 inch long diagonal line of retouching in the sky to the right of the birds; and a 2 inch rectangular area in the sky just above the center horizon line. Additional small scattered areas of retouching visible. The work is in overall good condition and ready to hang.
Oil on canvas, with an older lining. The work is relatively taught on the frame, though there is some pulling evident at the center of the right edge. The surface is an overall good condition aside from flattening associated to the lining. Some thinness in the sky. Surface dirt and dust. Some minor abrasions along the lower left edge in the architecture. Under UV light, there is retouching throughout the piece.
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