PHILIPPE JACQUES DE LOUTHERBOURG, R.A. | LANDSCAPE WITH A HERD OF CATTLE, A CASTLE ON A HILL BEYOND, KNOWN AS "MORNING AFTER THE RAIN"
Estimate: 80,000 - 120,000 USD
Property from a Private Connecticut Collection
PHILIPPE JACQUES DE LOUTHERBOURG, R.A.
(Strasbourg 1740 - 1812 London)
LANDSCAPE WITH A HERD OF CATTLE, A CASTLE ON A HILL BEYOND, KNOWN AS "MORNING AFTER THE RAIN"
signed and dated lower center: P. i. Loutherbourg. 1765
oil on canvas
38½ by 51 in.; 97.2 by 129.5 cm.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, email@example.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work is on its original stretcher. The canvas has a very old lining, which has not affected the original impasto. A retouching in the upper left sky has visibly discolored. Under ultraviolet light, it can be seen that this retouching is very broad, and the actual paint loss it addresses probably measures only 1 inch by half an inch. In addition, an area in the sky above the trees to the right of the castle is very broadly retouched. This restoration seems to address a horizontal break running about 6 inches and a circular area of loss about 1 inch in diameter. There are no retouches of any note in the landscape, foreground, animals or figures.
While the work is certainly in very good condition, the retouches are exaggerated and a re-examination of the restoration would certainly reduce the amount of retouching.
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Prince Wenzel Anton von Kaunitz;
His sale, Paris, 13 March 1820, lot 91;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 2 July 1986, lot 135, where unsold;
Acquired by present collector in 1986.
Paris, Salon of 1765, no. 135.
D. Diderot, Salon de 1765, pp. 217-8;
Critiques de Peintures et sculptures de Messieurs de l'Académie Royale l'An 1765, Paris 1765, p. 28;
Mercure de France, November 1765, p. 157;
M. C. Blanc, "Jacques-Philippe Loutherbourg," in Histoire des peintres de toutes les Ecoles, école Française, vol. II, Paris 1862, p. 2;
E-M. Bukdahl, Diderot critique de'art. I. Théorie et practique dans les Salons de Diderot, Copenhagen 1980, p. 343;
O. Lefeuvre, Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg, Paris 2012, pp. 140, 197, cat. no. 35, reproduced pp. 140 and 197.
This beautifully preserved landscape, completed when Loutherbourg was just 25 years old, was exhibited at the Paris Salon under the title "Morning after the rain" in 1765, the year it was painted. At that time and until at least 1820, the painting had a pendant landscape known as "Beginning of a storm at sunset," now lost. The bright blues and greens of the present composition likely complemented the warmer colors of the pendant, and evoke a crisp atmosphere. Loutherbourg probably painted this work while in the studio of Francesco Casanova, his teacher in Paris after an initial training period with Carle van Loo.