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Hubert Robert
THE SACK OF AN ANCIENT PYRAMID
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 162,500 USD
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80
Hubert Robert
THE SACK OF AN ANCIENT PYRAMID
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 162,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Hubert Robert
PARIS 1733 - 1808
THE SACK OF AN ANCIENT PYRAMID
oil on canvas, unlined and on original stretcher
20 3/4  by 25 1/8  in.; 52.7 by 63.8 cm. 
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Provenance

Spanish noble collection;
By whom anonymously sold ("The Property of a European Noblewoman"), London, Christie's, 10 December 2003, lot 68;
There acquired. 

Catalogue Note

This impeccably preserved and late work by the master landscapist Hubert Robert beautifully captures his lifelong enchantment with both Ancient Egypt and the depiction of architectural ruins. 

Robert was the pre-eminent French landscape painters of the late 18th century, training for over a decade in Rome before establishing himself at the center of the Parisian art world upon his return to the city in 1765.  During these early years, Robert developed what would be a life-long fascination with architecture and his many depictions of ruins earned him the sobriquet “Robert des Ruines.”  By the time the artist returned to Paris, he was already successful and well-known.  He was accepted as a member of the Academy in 1766 and, in 1778, was appointed designer of the King’s gardens and given lodgings in the Louvre.  He exhibited regularly at the Salons until 1797 and completed countless commissions for the nobility, aristocracy and foreign dignitaries throughout his career.  He was renowned for his imaginary landscapes featuring ancient ruins and beautiful gardens, often incorporating both known and fantastical architectural elements in his compositions.  

A related drawing (fig. 1) was sold at Sotheby's London, 8 July 1998, lot 72.

Master Paintings Evening Sale

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New York