381
381
Louis Laguerre
DESIGN FOR A CEILING DECORATION: GODS AND VIRTUES
Estimate
4,0006,000
JUMP TO LOT
381
Louis Laguerre
DESIGN FOR A CEILING DECORATION: GODS AND VIRTUES
Estimate
4,0006,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Louis Laguerre
VERSAILLES 1663 - 1721 LONDON
DESIGN FOR A CEILING DECORATION: GODS AND VIRTUES
Pen and brown ink and watercolour, over traces of black chalk, within shaped brown ink framing lines;
inscribed in brown ink, lower centre: virtutem juppiter & prudens / aeque, ac. justus praemiis / extollit and upper centre: matura, AEtas / vertute. Et, fortuna Deducentibus / Jovi. Decoranda sistitur;
bears inscription, verso: Design for a Ceiling Painting / by / LAGUERRE 
348 by 269 mm
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Provenance

Lord Methuen, Corsham Court, Wiltshire;
with P. & D. Colnaghi, London, by 1941, according to an inscription, verso;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 1 December 1983, lot 317

Catalogue Note

It was previously suggested that this rare drawing, one of very few heightened with watercolour by the artist, may have been a preliminary study for Laguerre's monumental ceiling painting in the Saloon at Blenheim Palace, depicting the Triumph of the Duke of Marlborough.

Whilst the subject matter is highly reminiscent of the Blenheim decoration, the clear differences both in composition, as well as the proposed shape of the ceiling, as indicated by the framing lines on our drawing, suggest that this sheet most likely relates to another, thus far unidentified project.

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