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ID number: BIRBI-2005.10
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Bidauld, Jean Joseph Xavier (1758-1846)
Title / Object name: A Cascade on the River Liri
Object type: Painting
Place made: Isola del Liri
Date made: 1787
Materials: Oil on paper laid down on canvas
Measurements: 25.4 x 39.4 cm unframed; 41 x 54 x 6cm framed
Provenance: Sotheby's Auction House, New York, 23 January 2003 (lot 109); Richard Collins, New York; Jane Robert, Paris; Sir Jack Baer, London; purchased by the Barber Institute, August 2005 with assistance from the National Art Collections Fund.
Bidauld’s oil sketch was painted on the spot during the French artist’s stay in Italy (1785-90). The artist made numerous such studies from which he later painted large historical landscapes in the neo-classical style. Painting from nature in oils was one of the ways in which young landscape artists developed their skills.
The river Liri lies to the south-east of Rome, but in the late 18th century was in the kingdom of Naples. The area was little visited by artists at the time.
Inscriptions / Translations: Inscribed on the reverse by the artist: Le dernière Cascade de L' Isola di Sora, vue de Louin 1787.
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