ATTRIBUTED TO DANIEL MACLISE, R.A.
1806 - 1870
THE HEAVENLY HOST
oil on paper en grisaille
9¼ by 13¼ in.
23.5 by 33.7 cm
Oil on paper; the upper corners are rounded and the sheet has been adhered to a piece of card. The work presents well and is in fair condition overall, aside from surface dirt and dust; scattered uneven areas of pigment; and small scattered areas and pin dots of discoloration. There is some minor pigment separation and craquelure visible in the lower right quadrant. At the extreme edges there are scattered abrasions with some associated nicks and tears (visible in current framing).
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Private Collection, Beverly Hills
Acquired from the above circa 2009
A prolific draughtsman, illustrator and caricaturist, especially for Fraser’s Magazine, and illustrated books, Daniel Maclise is best remembered for the four enormous murals in the House of Lords, executed between the late 1840s and the 1860s, including The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo and The Death of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, both commissioned for the Royal Gallery of the Palace of Westminster and created in close contact with Prince Albert and Queen Victoria.
The inspiration for the present work is yet to be determined, but as suggested by its title may be taken from Dante's Divine Comedy and its evocative description of Paradise.