19th century European watercolor drawing of 18th century figures on a terrace19th century European watercolor drawing of 18th century figures on a terrace19th century European watercolor drawing of 18th century figures on a terrace19th century European watercolor drawing of 18th century figures on a terrace19th century European watercolor drawing of 18th century figures on a terrace19th century European watercolor drawing of 18th century figures on a terrace19th century European watercolor drawing of 18th century figures on a terrace19th century European watercolor drawing of 18th century figures on a terrace19th century European watercolor drawing of 18th century figures on a terrace19th century European watercolor drawing of 18th century figures on a terrace

At first glance appearing to be a print, this is in fact a painstakingly executed watercolor drawing, likely French I am thinking, measuring 16" by 20 1/2" (23 3/4" by 28" framed). The subject is of formal 18th century (earlier?) figures lounging on a classical Versailles-like terrace. They are surrounded by a balustrade, fountain, distant trees, and, in the immediate foreground, a border of oversized flowers. Interestingly, curiously, at bottom center, written in Latin, is the following: "NIMIRUM INSANIS PAUCIS VIDFATUR, EQ MAXIMA PARS HOMINUM MORBO JACTATUR EODEM". I googled this statement and found it to be by the Roman poet of the years just before the birth of Christ, Horace. It translates as "Undoubtedly he would appear insane to few, since the greater part of mankind is troubled with the same disease". The interpretation of this in conjunction with the drawing is not perhaps clear to modern day viewers. The drawing is in good condition for its age. There is overall even paper oxidation, some chemical oxidation of the pigment on the gentleman's sleeve, a barely noticeable near-crack in the paper to his left, and a small edge tear at upper right corner. Overall, an impressive old drawing.

ITEM ID
JB03602
MEDIA
Watercolor
ORIGIN
Europe • European

19th century European watercolor drawing of 18th century figures on a terrace

$450

Add to Cart
Make Offer
Email Shop Owner

2 other shoppers are interested in this item


    Fine paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, Old Master to Contemporary--and other fine collectables
    Please look through my offerings for an unusual and rewarding online fine art shopping experience.

    since 2003

    calculating shipping...


    Jon Berg Fine Arts and More


    Jon Berg
    Southern California , CA Platinum Platinum Ruby Lane Exclusive since 2003