Lot 603: Continental School, 18th/19th c
December 3, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: Continental School, 18th/19th c., "Views of European Cityscapes", 6 watercolors and ink on paper, incl. El Escorial near Madrid, Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum, Acqua Felice in Rome, capriccio of the Fondamenta Nuova at Venice, historicizing capriccio of Ancient Rome and a northern European townscape, some extensively inscribed in French and Dutch en verso, 10 1/4 in. x 16 3/4 in. to 11 1/4 in. x 16 3/4 in., framed alike. (6 pcs.) Note: The six engaging works presented in this lot represent tangible places in Europe as well as several architectural capricci, or imagined scenes, of different famous landmarks. Among the realistic representations are the highly detailed iterations of the El Escorial near Madrid and the Acqua Felice in Rome. Of the capricci, the most striking and telling is the one featuring the Arch of Septimius Severus, which is extensively inscribed in French en verso. The translation reveals detailed, almost studious, descriptions of the architectural elements of the arch as well as historical notes on its origin. While the Church of Santi Luca e Martina is accurately represented to the right of the Arch as it stands in the Roman Forum, the third building in the center background is an imaginative displacement of a Baroque church, possibly the Santa Susanna located northeast of where the other two buildings stand.