From the Portfolio , (late 1800's) One Hundred Crowned Masterpieces of Modern Painting being a collection of photogravures, from the most celebrated works of contemporary artists of all nations; with descriptions by J. E. Reed, A. M., and other writers; Philadelphia: Gebbie & Co., Publishers.
Antique Photogravure #37, Volume I.
This gravure was produced in 1888 on heavy, quality stock paper.
Approximate Measurements: 11.75” X 17” with the image measuring approximately 7.75” x 12.5”, 1.25” margin.
Some foxing on edges; Excellent condition.
Signed in the plate. Not a reprint or reproduction. The embossed edge of the plate imprint can be seen lightly around the image on the front and back.
Description leaf is included in the sale and the script from 1888 reads the following:
“In 1632 Vandyck visited England at the command of Charles I., and at the request of the Earl of Arondel.” So Houbracken says, in his memoir of the great painter. He continues, “He was soon afterwards knighted by Charles, and had a pension of 200 lire per annum settled on him. The policy of the Court of England at that time was to encourage art. France had patronized Rubens and several Italian painters. Spain and Italy and France had for more than a century liberally patronized art, and England was only wakening to the necessity of following their example; and hot having at this time had any artists of native birth, Vandyck, the pupil of Rubens, was overwhelmed with commissions from the nobility and gentry of England. He married an English lady of rank, connected with the Gowrie family. He lived in great style and purchased an estate at Eltham, in Kent, where he died in 1641, having in ten years amassed a considerable fortune.
The scene chosen by Sig. Gelli is in one of the Royal palaces of England, probably Whitehall or Hampton Court. Charles is seated, facing Vandyck, and is inspecting a portrait picture of his three children on the easel, whilst the originals with their nurse and favorite dog are posing at the end of the room. The well-known picture of Charles I. on horseback by Vandyck adorns the wall above them. The grouping of courtiers surrounding the monarch gives an excellent opportunity for treatment of costume, which is skillfully handled. Altogether the painting is a most notable contribution to historical art.
Signor Gelli was born at Savona in 1849 and is one of the most able and popular Italian painter of the present time.
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