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PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK ESTATE

Nicolas-Didier Boguet
AN ARCADIAN LANDSCAPE WITH SHEPHERDS PLAYING PIPES, RESTING ON THE BANKS OF A STREAM, WITH MOUNTAINS BEYOND
Estimate
30,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 USD
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PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK ESTATE

Nicolas-Didier Boguet
AN ARCADIAN LANDSCAPE WITH SHEPHERDS PLAYING PIPES, RESTING ON THE BANKS OF A STREAM, WITH MOUNTAINS BEYOND
Estimate
30,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 USD
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Nicolas-Didier Boguet
CHANTILLY 1755 - 1839 ROME
AN ARCADIAN LANDSCAPE WITH SHEPHERDS PLAYING PIPES, RESTING ON THE BANKS OF A STREAM, WITH MOUNTAINS BEYOND
signed and dated lower right: Boguet 1792;
inscribed on tomb: Daphnis ego in silvis, hinc usque ad sidera notus/Formosi pecoris custos, formosior ipse1
oil on canvas
21 3/4  by 30 1/4  in.; 55.2 by 76.8 cm.
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Provenance

Hauser Collection, Caracas;
By whom sold, New York, Sotheby's, 4 June 1980, lot 207;
There acquired by the late owner.

Exhibited

New York, Colnaghi, Claude to Corot: The Development of Landscape Painting in France, 1 November - 15 December 1990, no. 56.

Literature

A. Wintermute, ed., Claude to Corot: The Development of Landscape Painting in France, exhibition catalogue, New York 1990, pp. 259-161, cat. no. 56, reproduced p. 260, plate 56.

Catalogue Note

Nicolas-Didier Boguet was one of the leading French classical landscape artists working in Italy around the turn of the nineteenth century.  Born in Chantilly in 1755, he enrolled at the age of twenty-two at the Académie Royal in Paris.  After completing his studies in 1782, Boguet received a number of commissions, including one from Louix XVI's ambassador, Cardinal de Bernis, that brought him to Rome.  Intending to stay for only six months, Boguet was seduced by the country and remained in Italy for the rest of his career, later becoming a member of the Academy of St. Luke in Rome as well as a member of the Florence Academy.  Although he trained as a history painter, he established his reputation in Italy as a painter of landscapes.  Such works arose after spending his summer months roaming the Tuscan countryside, sketching the natural world around him, from peaceful vistas, to rolling mountains, lush foliage, and gentle streams.  Just as they were popular during his lifetime among aristocratic clientele, which included Napoleon, Boguet's enchanting views continue to captivate audiences today.  

Dated 1792, this verdant and warm Arcadian landscape arose during Boguet's first Roman period (1789-1797), during which time he often included episodes from Roman history and mythology.  Here, he illustrates a scene from Virgi's fifth Eclogue in which two shepherds, Menalcus and Mopsus, stumble upon the tomb of Daphnis, a famed poet and Sicilian shepherd known for Bacchic revelry.  The Latin inscription found on his tomb reads, in translation, "I woodland Daphnis, blazoned among stars, guarded a lovely flock, still lovelier I" (Virgil, Eclogues,  V, 43-44).1

This composition was engraved by Boguet in 1792, and a comparable drawing, likely preparatory in nature, is now preserved in the Gabinetto Nazionale delle Stampe in Rome.2  To meet the strong demand of his clientele, Boguet is known to have made repetitions and variations of his works, and another version of this composition, titled Paysage du Latium, is recorded in a Viennese private collection.3

1. See Wintermute, under Literature, p. 261.  See also P.J. Alpers, The Singer of Eclogues: A Study of Virgilian Pastoral with a new translation of the Eclogues, Berkely, 1979.
2.  See G. Fusconi, I Paesaggi di Nicolas-Didier Boguet e I Luoghi tibulliani, dale collezioni del Gabinetto Nazionale delle stampe, exhibition catalogue, Lungara 1984, p. 110, cat.no. 70, reproduced p. 108.
3.  56 by 77 cm.  See M.M. Aubrun, “Nicolas-Didier Boguet (1755-1839) un emule du Lorrain,” Gazette des Beaux-Arts, LXXXIII, 1974, p. 326, cat. no. 3, reproduced.

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