EDMUND GARVEY, R.A. | A VIEW OF LAKE GENEVA WITH THE MONT SALÈVE AND LE MÔLE, MONT BLANC BEYOND
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EDMUND GARVEY, R.A.
Kilkenny c. 1750 - 1813 London
A VIEW OF LAKE GENEVA WITH THE MONT SALÈVE AND LE MÔLE, MONT BLANC BEYOND
oil on canvas
unframed: 76.5 x 137.8 cm.; 30⅛ x 54¼ in.
framed: 92 x 150.5 cm.; 36¼ x 59¼ in.
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The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. The impasto brushwork is well preserved in areas such as the clouds. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals scattered retouchings along all four margins and the stretcher mark, as well as to a handful of more concentrated areas of restoration in the sky, the largest of which is in the upper right corner measuring 3 x 5 cm. There is also retouching to two repaired tears: one in the sky upper left in a C shape measuring 18 x 13 cm.; the other in the lake lower left in a semi-circle measuring approx. 23 cm. These have been sensitively executed and do not impede the legibility of the painting, which is ready to hang in its current state.
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With Sabin Galleries, London;
From whom acquired by a private collector, in 1971;
By descent until sold, London, Christie's South Kensington, 30 April 2015, lot 528.
Probably London, Royal Academy, either 1785, no. 425 (View of Geneva with the
Glaciers); or 1786, no. 6 (Lake of Geneva, nr Lausanne); or 1786, no. 22 (Lake nr Geneva).
"It’s unusual to see views of the Alps painted in the 18th Century by artists from the British Isles. Garvey was clearly much taken by the dramatic impact of the Alps, which he saw en route to Rome in the 1760s, and would continue to paint and exhibit Alpine views throughout his career."
Born in Kilkenny, Ireland, Garvey was a pupil of Robert Carver, one of the foremost Irish landscape artists of the mid-18th century. During the 1760s he travelled to Rome to continue his studies. The journey to Rome took him through the Alps and down to Savoy, during which time he produced a number of works. His watercolour Waterfall in the Alps, displayed in 1769 at the Royal Academy, was one of the first Alpine paintings exhibited in Britain. At this time British artists were just discovering the natural beauty of the Alpine regions as many made the trip to Rome on land rather than by sea. Garvey would continue to exhibit such views throughout his career. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1783.