• View of Tivoli, Rome in the distance -
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    Watercolour over traces of pencil

    27.2 by 39.3 cm., 10 by 15 inches

     

    Provenance:

    By descent from Baron Charles de X, until sold at Rossini, Paris, 12th June 2002, lot 13;

    Private Collection, UK

     

    Laporte trained as an artist in London under John Melchior Barralet and became an accomplished topographical artist working in watercolour and bodycolour. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and elsewhere from 1785. Laporte drew a number of Italian views in the 1820s and 1830s but it is not recorded whether he visited Italy or whether they are based on the works of other artists. This may be the picture exhibited at the British Institution in 1831, no. 261 as `View of Tivoli. Another view of Tivoli by Laporte, signed and dated 1790, is illustrated in Iolo Williams, Early English Watercolours, 1952, pl. LII, no.111.

  • Ullswater from the Penrith End -
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    Signed lower centre and inscribed with title and numbered 7 verso

    gouache

    29.6 by 58.2 cm., 11 1/2 by 23 inches

     

    Provenance:

    With the Heather Newman Gallery;

    Private Collection, London

     

    Laporte trained as an artist in London under John Melchior Barralet and became an accomplished topographical artist working in watercolour and commonly bodycolour as in the present work. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and elsewhere from 1785. He visited the Lake District in 1790 (see a dated sketchbook in the British Museum) and exhibited Lake District views at the Royal Academy throughout the 1790s. These included seven views of Ullswater exhibited between 1791 and 1805. For similar gouache views of the Lake District, see Cecilia Powell and Stephen Hebron, Savage Grandeur and Noblest Thoughts Discovering the Lake District 1750-1820, nos. 29-30.

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