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Charles-Louis Clérisseau

Figures amongst ancient Roman ruins

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 USD

Charles-Louis Clérisseau

Charles-Louis Clérisseau

Figures amongst ancient Roman ruins

Figures amongst ancient Roman ruins

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 USD

Current bid:

3,500

USD

(3 bids, reserve met)

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

1 day, 5 hours

1 day, 5 hours

January 26, 08:08 PM (GMT)

January 26, 08:08 PM (GMT)

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Charles-Louis Clérisseau

Paris 1721 - 1820 Auteuil

Figures amongst ancient Roman ruins


Pen and ink and watercolor with touches of gouache;

signed (?) lower right: Clérisseau

398 by 546 mm; 15¾ by 21½ in.

Overall in good condition. Some minor rubbing/abrasions around the edges, more so at the upper margin. Light discolouration in the upper right section. Overall colours strong and vibrant throughout. Sold unframed.



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Benjamin Wolff (1790-1866), Copenhagen (L.420)

Clérisseau trained as an architect in Paris. In 1755 he went to Italy, where he taught, and was subsequently employed by, Robert Adam. He worked in Russia in the 1770s for Catherine the Great, and later went on to collaborate with Thomas Jefferson on the design of the Virginia State Capitol. Robert Adam recorded that Clérisseau drew constantly. He was particularly prolific during the 1760s and 'his ruins', as Adam referred to these drawings, were the means by which he made his living.


For more on Clérisseau's relationship with Robert Adam and his drawings of Italy, see Thomas J. McCormick, Charles-Louis Clérisseau and the Genesis of Neo-Classicism, Cambridge, Mass., 1990, pp. 117-124.