Lot 165
  • 165

CHARLES-LOUIS CLÉRISSEAU View of the interior of an antique Roman bath

3,500 - 4,500 GBP
11,875 GBP
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  • Charles-Louis Clérisseau
  • View of the interior of an antique Roman bath
  • Pen and brown ink and watercolour and gouache over traces of black chalk, within black gouache framing lines;
    signed lower right: Clerisseau
  • 464 by 604 mm

Catalogue Note

Charles-Louis Clérisseau won the coveted Prix de Rome in 1746, which entitled him to study at the prestigious French Academy in Rome for three years.  He is documented as having arrived in Rome in the summer of 1749.  The subject of the antique Roman bath, a popular theme, is repeated in several of Clérisseau's compositions; other examples are at Windsor1, the Louvre2 and St. Petersburg.3   Another version of the present view from the circle of Clérisseau, illustrating the same interior, was sold in 1999.4

1.  T.J. McCormick, Charles-Louis Clérisseau and the Genesis of Neo-Classicism, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1990, p. 123, fig. 99
2.  Bathers in a Ruined Roman Bath; Paris, Louvre, inv. no. 25243
3.  Architectural Fantasy, St. Petersburg, Hermitage, inv. no. 16923
4.  Sale, London, Sotheby's, 7 July 1999, lot 166