FRANCESCO ZUCCARELLI, R.A.
Pitigliano, Umbria 1702 - 1788 Florence
A VIEW OF THE RIVER THAMES FROM RICHMOND HILL
oil on canvas
unframed: 80 x 122.6 cm.; 31½ x 48¼ in.
framed: 96.5 x 140.5 cm.; 38 x 55⅜ in.
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The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals fine lines of retouching scattered in the sky, mostly to disguise the appearance of craquelure, and few, small retouchings in the foreground, including to a superficial horizontal scratch in the foliage to the left of the main group of figures. There is more concentrated retouching to a repaired Z-shaped tear in the sky, centre right, approx. 18cm. long; to a restored damage in one of the clouds, centre right, approx. 4x5cm., and to another in the centre of the horizon, approx. 5x3cm. The painting is in overall good condition and ready to hang in its current state.
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Mrs Nellie Ionides (1883–1962), Buxted Park, Sussex;
By whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 14 June 1961, lot 58, to Speelman, London;
Frank Partridge, London;
With Richard Green, London, 1991, from whom acquired by
His sale, London, Sotheby’s, 5 December 2007, lot 70, where acquired.
E. Martini, La Pittura del Settecento Veneto, Udine 1982, p. 541, cat. no. 769.
F. Spadotto, Francesco Zuccarelli, Milan 2007, p. 152, no. 298, reproduced p. 306.
London, Somerset House, London on the Thames, 6 July – 9 October 1977, no. 22;
London, Richard Green, Exhibition of Fine Old Master Paintings, 1991, no. 34.