• The Pulpit of the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Tuscania, Italy -
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    Inscribed on reverse of the mount: No 27 Pulpit Sta Maria Toscanella/June 1846

    Watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with touches of bodycolour and gum arabic

    49.4 by 33.9cm., 19 1/4 by 13 1/4 inches

     

    Provenance:

    Warrington Collection

     

    Tuscania, or Toscanella, was a favourite place for Cromek who visited there in May 1844 and was particularly impressed by the two Romanesque churches, San Pietro and Santa Maria Maggiore. He recalled in his Journal: `Toscanella is the anient Tuscania in Etruria….. It contains two remarkably interesting old churches of the 10th and 11th century very rich in ornaments; the porches are very beautiful.'  Tuscania is in the province of Viterbo just under sixty miles north of Rome. 

     

    Views of the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore are in the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester and the Warrington Collection. His Tuscania views are considered amongst his finest work.

  • The Acropolis, Athens -
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    Watercolour over pencil heightened with gum arabic

    13.7 by 24.1cm., 5 ? by 9 ? inches

     

    Provenance:

    The Cheney Family of Badger Hall, Shropshire;

    With Colnaghi, London, 1972

     

    Exhibited:

    London, Colnaghi, Thomas Hartley Cromek ? Exhibition of watercolours and drawings of Italy, Greece and the Mediterranean, 29 Feb-30 March 1972, no.46

     

    This shows the Acropolis with the Temple of Zeus Olympios to the left and the monument of Philopappos on a hill in the distance. Cromek visited Athens twice, in the summer of 1834 and again in 1844 when he spent two months drawing its principal monuments.

     

    ?I was delighted by everything I saw at Athens: the colour of the buildings being much richer, and less dark than that of the ruins in Rome. As specimens of architecture, they are universally considered perfect. I certainly worked very hard when able, and I am astonished at the number of sketches, large and small which I made in the course of a fortnight or very little more? (Thomas Hartley Cromek, Reminiscences at Home and Abroad 1812-1855, August 23rd, 1834).

  • The Terrace of the Villa Muti, Frascati -
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    inscribed verso: From Thos H. Cromek/to Capt Cheney/Villa Muti Frascati/3 June 1832 and on part of former mount: Terrace of the Villa Muti at Frascati given to me by T.H. Cromek/1832

    watercolour over pencil 

    14.2 x 22.6cm., 5 ? x 8 ? inches


    The Villa Muti is located to the south-west of Frascati, which is 15 miles south-east of Rome. It was originally built by Ludovico Cerasoli in 1579 and was then acquired by Cardinal Pompeo Arrigoni in 1595. It passed through the Cesarini and Amadei families before being acquired by the Muti family in the nineteenth century. The villa was used as a country residence by Henry Stuart (1725-1807), the final Jacobite heir to claim the throne of England and Scotland, who lived in exile in Rome. He was visited there by Pope Pius VII between 1802 and 1805. By 1830, the villa was being rented by the keen amateur artist Robert Henry Cheney (1801-1866) who was a friend and pupil of Cromek. Views of the Villa Muti by Cheney were sold from the Cheney family collection at Christie?s on 12th October 2005, lots 37 and 38.

     

    The grounds of the villa has formal English gardens dotted with Mannerist sculpture while the villa itself contains frescoes by Lanfranco, Pietro da Cortona, Cigoli and Passignano and now belongs to the local `Comune di Grottoferrata.?


    Provenance:

    Given by the artist to Captain Cheney of Badger Hall, Shropshire, 1832

  • The Boschetto at the Villa Muti at Frascati near Rome -
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    dated on flowerpot: 1832,  inscribed verso: Villa Muti/June 20 th 1832 and inscribed on part of former mount: Boschetto at the Villa Muti Frascati given to me by/ T.H. Cromek 1832

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with touches of bodycolour

    19.1 x 24.5cm., 7 ? x 9 ? inches

     

    The Villa Muti is located to the south-west of Frascati, which is 15 miles south-east of Rome. It was originally built by Ludovico Cerasoli in 1579 and was then acquired by Cardinal Pompeo Arrigoni in 1595. It passed through the Cesarini and Amadei families before being acquired by the Muti family in the nineteenth century. The villa was used as a country residence by Henry Stuart (1725-1807), the final Jacobite heir to claim the throne of England and Scotland, who lived in exile in Rome. He was visited there by Pope Pius VII between 1802 and 1805. By 1830, the villa was being rented by the keen amateur artist Robert Henry Cheney (1801-1866) who was a friend and pupil of Cromek. Views of the Villa Muti by Cheney were sold from the Cheney family collection at Christie?s on 12th October 2005, lots 37 and 38.

     

    The grounds of the villa has formal English gardens dotted with Mannerist sculpture while the villa itself contains frescoes by Lanfranco, Pietro da Cortona, Cigoli and Passignano and now belongs to the local `Comune di Grottoferrata.?

     

    Provenance:

    Given by the artist to Captain Cheney of Badger Hall, Shropshire, 1832

  • The Colleoni Statue and the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo, Venice -
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    Signed lower left: TH CROMEK VENICE/1834. 

    Watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with bodycolour

    25.6 by 17.8 cm., 10 by 7 inches

     

    Provenance:

    By descent in the Cheney family to the present owner

     

    Cromek was born in London, the son of engraver, and was apprenticed to a portrait painter in Wakefield, Yorkshire. He soon became a landscape painter and lived and worked on the continent, and mainly in Rome, from 1831 to 1849. He built up a successful teaching practice there until 1849 when he was forced home by Garibaldi?s threatened attack on Rome. This picture belonged to the keen amateur artist Robert Henry Cheney (1801-1866) who was a friend and pupil of Cromek.

     

    This shows the statue of the Venetian Condottiero Bartolommeo Colleoni (1400-1475) designed by Andrea del Verrocchio which stands outside the church of San Giovanni e Paolo which is visible to the right.

  • In the Villa Chigi, Ariccia, Italy -
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    Signed lower left: TH CROMEK f. 1846/VILLA CHIGI/ARICCIA and inscribed verso: In the Chigi Palace Ariccia/1846

    Watercolour over traces of pencil  heightened with bodycolour

    30.9 by 41.1 cm., 12 by 16 inches

     

    Provenance:

    By descent in the Cheney family to the present owner

     

    The Villa Chigi is in Ariccia in the hills south- east of Rome and belonged to one of the most influential papal families in Rome.  The Chigi Family transformed the villa into a baroque palace between 1664 and 1672 using plans by Bernini.  Cromek travelled with Mary Somerville and her family, who noted on her own visit to the Chigi Villa that it was ?in a most picturesque but dilapidated state? (see ?Personal Recollections of Mary Somerville by her daughter Martha Somerville? Echo Library 2009).

  • The Interior of the Basilica of San Clemente, Rome -
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    Watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with bodycolour and gum arabic

    37.5 by 51.4 cm., 14 ¾ by 20 ¼ in.

     

    Provenance:

    Mrs Huskisson, Rome, 1845;

    Hubert George de Burgh-Canning, 2nd Marquess of Clanricarde (1832-1916);

    By whom bequeathed to his great-nephew, Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood (1882-1947);

    By descent until 2012

     

    Exhibited:

    Bath, Holburne Museum, Thomas Hartley Cromek: A Vision of Italy, March-May 1999;

    Yorkshire, Harewood House, Thomas Hartley Cromek: A Vision of Italy, September-October 1999

     

    Literature:

    Tancred Borenius, Catalogue of the Pictures and Drawings at Harewood House and elsewhere in the Collection of the Earl of Harewood, Oxford 1936, p. 115, no. 242;

    Yorkshire, Harewood House and Bath, Holburne Museum, Thomas Hartley Cromek: A Classical Vision, 1999-2000, p.33

     

    Cromek’s Journal for 12th February 1845 recalls: `Interior of the Church of San Clemente for Mrs Huskisson. She got the original study, as I was tired of copying it’ (see Thomas Hartley Cromek, Reminscences at Home and Abroad 1812-1855).

  • The Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, Italy -
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    Watercolour over traces of pencil 

    13.1 by 24.4 cm., 5 by 9 1/2 inches

  • The Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum, Rome -
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    Watercolour over traces of pencil 

    14 by 24.3 cm., 5 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches

  • The Vestibule of St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice -
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    Watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with bodycolour and gum arabic

    43.0 by 31.1 cm., 16 ¾ by 12 ¼ in.

     

    Provenance:

    Hubert George de Burgh-Canning, 2nd Marquess of Clanricarde (1832-1916);

    By whom bequeathed to his great-nephew, Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood (1882-1947);

    By descent until 2012

     

    Exhibited:

    Bath, Holburne Museum, Thomas Hartley Cromek: A Vision of Italy, March-May 1999;

    Yorkshire, Harewood House, Thomas Hartley Cromek: A Vision of Italy, September-October 1999

     

    Literature:

    Tancred Borenius, Catalogue of the Pictures and Drawings at Harewood House and elsewhere in the Collection of the Earl of Harewood, Oxford 1936, p. 115, no. 244;

    Yorkshire, Harewood House and Bath, Holburne Museum, Thomas Hartley Cromek: A Classical Vision, 1999-2000, p.20, pl. 4

     

    Born in Yorkshire, the son of the engraver R.H. Cromek, Cromek travelled to Rome in the early 1830s where he remained until 1844. He became successful as an artist of topographical views, many of them interiors, and as a drawing master. He visited Venice in 1834 and 1835. Another view of the interior of St Mark’s is in the Royal Collection and was bought directly from Cromek by Queen Victoria in July 1843. Cromek was summoned to Buckingham Palace to show the Queen a number of drawings and afterwards received the following letter:

    `The Dowr. Lady Lyttleton is desired by the Queen to express to Mr Cromek Her Majesty’s and HRH Prince Albert’s great admiration is his beautiful sketches. Her Majesty is also very anxious to possess two of them, if they are on sale. The view of Naples, and the interior of St. Mark’s’.

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