Lot 52
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CHARLES-JOSEPH NATOIRE | A galloping horseman and other animals in front of the Temple of Venus and Roma

10,000 - 15,000 USD
17,500 USD
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  • Charles-Joseph Natoire
  • A galloping horseman and other animals in front of the Temple of Venus and Roma
  • Black chalk, with touches of red chalk and pen and brown ink and wash, heightened with white, within pen and brown ink framing lines, on blue paper;signed and dated in pen and brown ink, lower right:  C. Natoire 1755 and inscribed in pen and brown ink, lower centre:  Tempio del Sole o della Luna


Possibly Charles-Joseph Natoire,
his posthumous sale, Paris, 14 December 1778 (part of lot 251 – a group of landscape drawings by Natoire, acquired by Augustin Ménageot (circa 1700-1784);
E. de Bruyn,
his second sale, Brussels, 13-15 December 1956, lot 202;
sale, Versailles, Hôtel des Chevau-Légers, 20 June 1982, lot 66;
sale, Paris, Thierry de Maigret, 23 March 2007, lot 70,
where acquired by the present owner


Frankfurt, Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM, Architectural Worlds. Sergei Tchoban-Draftsman and Collector, 2010, no. 44
Moscow, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, The Golden Age of Architectural Graphic Art Drawings by European Masters of the 18th -19th Centuries from the Sergei Tchoban Collection, 2010, no. 8;
Moscow, State Tretyakov Gallery, Only Italy! Architectural Graphic Art of the 18th-21st Centuries, 2014, p.72, no. 11;


S. Caviglia-Brunel, Charles-Joseph Natoire 1700-1777, Paris 2012, p. 180, no. D. 33, reproduced, D.33

Catalogue Note

This picturesque landscape, executed in the aesthetically pleasing combination of pen and ink and chalk, heightened with white, on blue paper, depicts The Temple of Venus and Roma, known as The Temple of the Sun and the Moon in the 18th century.  Drawn from the Arch of Constantine looking towards the Forum, the Temple is easily recognisable from its coffered exedra.  The Temple was constructed circa 135 AD, during the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian, on the site of the vestibule of the Domus Aurea of Nero. Natoire was appointed Director of the French Academy in Rome in 1750 and from then until his death in 1777, but particularly in the late 1750s and early 1760s, made a number of drawings of scenes both in Rome and in the Campagna.1

1. See S. Caviglia-Brunel, op.cit., pp. 438-467