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Jean-Achille Benouville

Rome, a view of Saint Peter's and the Castel Sant'Angelo

Estimate:

80,000

to
- 120,000 USD

Property from a private collection

Jean-Achille Benouville

Jean-Achille Benouville

Rome, a view of Saint Peter's and the Castel Sant'Angelo

Rome, a view of Saint Peter's and the Castel Sant'Angelo

Estimate:

80,000

to
- 120,000 USD

Lot sold:

88,200

USD

Property from a private collection

Jean-Achille Benouville

Paris 1815 - 1891

Rome, a view of Saint Peter's and the Castel Sant'Angelo


oil on paper, laid on canvas

canvas: 15 by 23 1/2 in.; 38.1 by 59.7 cm.  

framed: 19 1/2 by 27 5/8 in.; 49.5 by 70.2 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, simonparkes@msn.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.


This work is in excellent condition. The paper is lined onto linen, and it is well stretched on an old stretcher. The painting is clean and varnished. In the sky, there is a group of small retouches to the right of the dome of Saint Peter's. There are a few other tiny dots in the center of the sky. In the landscape and architecture, the only retouches are a few spots in the darkest colors in the lower left. The work should be hung in its current state.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

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With W.M. Brady & Co., New York;
From whom acquired. 
Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Sur le motif: Painting in Nature around 1800, 23 September 2008 - 8 March 2009, no. 2 (as circa 1866). 

Though born and trained in Paris, Jean-Achille Benouville spent much of his career in Italy painting landscapes en plein air.  Benouville made two brief trips to the country after winning the second prize in the Prix de Rome in 1837, but it was his third trip, taken alongside Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot in 1843, which would be the most formative. Indeed, the two artists shared an apartment in Rome and Corot himself painted a nearly identical view to the present painting.1 Benouville was greatly influenced by Corot's landscape painting technique and absorbed his delicate sensitivity to light, fluid use of colors, and careful compositional approach. 


Benouville returned to France and after winning first prize in the Prix de Rome in 1845 was able to justify a longer, state-sponsored trip to Italy; he would remain there (with a few short trips back to France) until after the death of his second wife in 1870. 


1. Now in the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, Buenos Aires. See https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a3/Jean_Baptiste_Camille_Corot_-_Vista_del_Castel_Sant%27Angelo.jpg