Lot 92
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GASPAR VAN WITTEL, CALLED VANVITELLI | View of Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore

12,000 - 18,000 USD
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  • View of Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore
  • Pen and brown ink over black chalk, squared for transfer in red chalk;bears inscriptions in black chalk, verso:  Isola Bella / Villa Borromeo / Vue sud du lac and bears numbering in red chalk:  No. 10


Bartolomeo Cavaceppi, Rome,
acquired by Vincenzo Pacetti, circa 1801;
Paul Fatio (L.3701),
his sale, Geneva, Rauch 13-15 June 1960, lot 399,
where acquired by Thos. Agnew and Sons Ltd, London by 1961,
from whom acquired together with lot 404 (from the Rauch sale) by Professor S.F.C Milsom, Oxford,
his Estate sale, Cambridge, England, Cheffins, 16 June 2016, lot 676
Private Collection, UK


London, Agnew's, The Italian Scene: Drawings by Vanvitelli, 1961, no. 7;
Rome, Galleria Gasparrini, Vanvitelli ed altri vedutisti, 1966, no. 32


G. Briganti, Gaspar van Wittel e l'origine della veduta settecentesca, Rome 1966, p. 276, no. 30d, reproduced;
A. Zwollo, Hollandse een Vlaamse veduteschilders te Rome, 1675-1725, Assen 1973, p. 122, no. 243, reproduced, fig. 209;
G. Briganti, edition by L. Laureati and L. Trezzani, Gaspar van Wittel, Milan 1996 p. 335, no. D138, reproduced p. 336;
Gaspare Vanvitelli e l'origine del Vedutismo, exhib.cat., Rome, Chiostro del Bramante, 2002-3, p. 200, under no. 65

Catalogue Note

Inspired by his time spent at Lago Maggiore, Vanvitelli produced a series of twelve paintings of the Borromean Islands, executed between 1684 and 1718.  The present drawing, one of five known preparatory studies of the Islands, depicts Isola Bella of which four painted versions are known.  This finely drawn study, squared for transfer in red chalk, portrays the island as seen from the Gulf of Borromeo. It does however, exclude the Palazzo Borromeo, which is included in the painted versions. Two of the paintings, in the Colonna collection, Rome, are dated to 1690 and Briganti gives the same date to the present sheet. Another drawing of Isola Bella by Vanvitelli, also owned by S.F.C Mieson, Oxford, was sold at Christie's, London in 2013 (see Provenance).1

1. Sale, London, Christie's, 2 July 2013, lot 27