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    ALBERT BIERSTADT (American, 1830-1902)
    Ruins-Campagna of Rome, 1867
    Oil on card
    8 x 13 inches (20.3 x 33.0 cm)
    Inscribed in pencil verso: Ruins-Campagna of Rome, 1867
    Signed lower right: ABierstadt

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    PROVENANCE:
    Sotheby's, New York, American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture (sale 6336), September 24, 1992, lot 53, illus. (titled as Ruins in the Roman Campagna).

    The success that Bierstadt experienced in the Unites States with his large-scale paintings of the American West led him back to Europe, from 1867-69, where he exhibited them. Bierstadt's work was widely accepted in Europe and praise quickly transformed into countless awards and accolades including a private audience with Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales in 1868. His paintings were exhibited in Paris, London, Rome, and Berlin, where he received a gold medal at the Royal Academy. On this trip the artist spent time sketching in the Alps, and took studios in Paris and in Rome, where he took advantage of the opportunity to produce this oil sketch of the Roman Campagna.




    Condition Report*: Paint film in very good condition, newer varnish and fairly recent professional cleaning by Yost Conservation. Verso has old spot of glue and hinging, one piece of tape, scuffs, discolorations and abrasions commensurate with age. Minor patches of inpaint at upper right corner, in a line along right edge about 1 ½ inches from edge, and in sky in upper left quadrant. Corners bumped. Not framed.
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