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18th Century Roman Landscape Drawing Wth Figures - By Abraham Louis Rodolphe Ducros (1748-1810)


£7,250 | $8,939 USD | €8,203 EUR
Item Number: SA870709
Date of manufacture: 18th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Period Portraits
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Museum quality pen, grey ink and brown body colour landscape study with figures, by the Swiss watercolourist Abraham-Louis-Rodolphe Ducros (1748-1810)
Ducros is celebrated among watercolourists for his limited palette and often large scale works. He retained the majority of his works to use as the basis for engravings, which he sold to ’Grand Tour' travellers, so this is a rare surviving example.
Abraham-Louis-Rodolphe Ducros (1748-1810)
Abraham-Louis-Rodolphe was the son of a drawing master at Yverdon College. He was born in Mouidon and came to Geneva in 1769, to study under Nicolas-Henri-Joseph de Fassin. He subsequently left for Italy, and established himself in Rome at the end of 1776. In March 1778, he was employed by two Dutch noblemen to accompany them on a four-month voyage to theKingdom of the Two Sicilies and Malta where he created close to three hundred watercolours (held currently by the Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam).
He stayed in Rome from 1777 to 1793 as a landscape painter. In collaboration with the engraverGiovanni Volpato,, he published in 1780 twenty-four engravings depicting views of Rome and its surroundings. In 1782, he received a commission from Paul Alexandrovitch of Russia for two paintings and, in 1782, a commission from Pope Pius VI. In 1784, Gustav III of Sweden was his largest purchaser. But his primary commissioners were still English noblemen on the Grand Tour Europe, for example Sir Ricard Colt Hoare, Milford Hervey, and Lord Breadalbane.
The unrest arising from the French Revolutioned to the expulsion of many French from the Papal States Ducros, considered a Jacobin, was expelled in 1793; he subsequently settled in Abruzzo, then in Naples tuntil 1799, where he created numerous works depicting Campania and Mount Etna. He sold some of his works to and some seascapes to Lord Acton. Ducros came again to Malta in 1800, and here painted views of Valetta for the General Thomas Graham who had recently conquered the island.
Ducros returned to Switzerland in the summer of 1807, first of all to Nyon, then to Lausanne. In Geneva he was named an honorary member of the Society of Arts in 1807. In Bern, he was named professor of painting at the Academy in 1809, but died, in Lausanne, before being able to assume the post, on 18 February 1810. His landscapes are, for the most part, kept in the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts in Lausanne and at the English estates of Stourhead and Bramhall Hall.
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Pen, grey ink and brown body colour.
Sheet: 31cm x 46cm / 12in.x 18in.
Framed: 59cm x 71.5cm / 23in.x 28in.


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 18th Century.


Height = 71.5 cm (28.1")
Width = 59 cm (23.2")
Depth = 6 cm (2.4")

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