View of the Campidoglio with the Statue of Marcus Aurelius
Hubert Robert (French, Paris 1733–1808 Paris)
Pen and black ink, brush and watercolor over red chalk counterproof.
17 1/4 x 13 1/8 in. (43.8 x 33.4 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
Hubert Robert is known to have made counterproofs of his drawings to reproduce a unique work of art in duplicate. In this instance, he took a red chalk drawing and ran it through a press against a blank sheet of paper, resulting in the same image in reverse. Counterproofs were customarily reworked in other media, here in pen and black ink, and watercolor. The Lehman drawing was strengthened with red ochre wash to denote half tones, white wash to emphasize the brilliantly lit middle ground, and blue green watercolor to accentuate the walls framing the doorway. The figures were then heavily reworked with pen and black ink.
Inscription: Dated, in reverse, at the lower right: 1762
Marking: Annotated in ink on the verso and on the old mat, Robert; in pencil on the verso, biographical data referring to Paul Ponce Antoine Robert, called Robert de Séri (1686 - 1733)
Sale, C. A. Mincieux, Geneva, [1920's], lot 91, ill.; Von Hettinger, Switzerland (?); Paul Chevalier, Paris; Chevalier sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 20 March 1956, lot 28, pl. 8.
Artist: Hubert Robert (French, Paris 1733–1808 Paris)Date: ca. 1773Medium: Pen and brown ink, with brush and brown, gray, and blue washes, over a red chalk counterproofAccession: 59.23.70On view in:Not on view