Sir George Frederick Hodson, 3rd Bt (1806 - 1888) - Irish Listed Artist.
Italian Landscape with the old Devil's Bridge at Borgo a Mozzano
Oil on Canvas, Signed and Dated 1825
Measurements: Canvas: 35.5 x29cm (approx 14 x 11.5 inches) Framed: 45x 38.5cm (approx 17.5 x 15 inches)
Sir George Frederick Hodson (1806 - 1888) 3rd Bt, was an Irish painter, erudite and connoisseur who travelled extensively throughout Europe in his early years. He was born on 25th October, 1806, the second son of Sir Robert Hodson of Hollybrook, Bray, Co Wicklow, and succeeded his brother, Sir Robert Adair Hodson, as third baronet in 1831. He exhibited landscapes and figure subjects in the Royal Hibernian Academy for many years from 1827, and was made an Honorary Member in 1871. He died on 2nd April, 1888.
Hodson sketched and painted extensively during his travel. His landscapes are in many important private and public collections in the US, England and Ireland.
This charming Italian Landscape depicting the old Devil's Bridge at Borgo a Mozzano (where the Artist chose to place his signature) is likely to be a Pendant to the other picture depicting a view of the Abetone mountains in Tuscany (Item No. 00071). The two paintings show similarity in figure scale, palette and brushstrokes and they are a charming example of genre compositions.
The Maddalena's Bridge, or Devil's Bridge, is situated in Borgo a Mozzano, a village near Lucca in Tuscany. It connects the two banks of the river Serchio and its first construction dates back to the era of the ruling Countess Matilde di Canossa (1046-1115). The aspect of this ancient bridge is called at 'donkey back' which is a unique characteristic, with asymmetric arches. It used to be a main route for visitors travelling from the north in the 17th and 18th centuries on their way to Florence and Rome.
PS: When purchased together, Item No. 00070 and 00071 will qualify for a discount. Please enquire.