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Landscape with the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius, Rome

Pierre Henri de Valenciennes (French, Toulouse 1750–1819 Paris)

Medium:
Oil on paper, laid down on canvas
Dimensions:
10 1/4 x 15 in. (26 x 38.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.400.109
  • Provenance

    ?Pierre-Charles de L'Espine, Paris; Lachèvre, Rouen (until about 1973; sold to Bayser); [Galerie de Bayser, Paris, in 1973]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (by 1996–2009)

  • Exhibition History

    Paris. Galerie de Bayser. "Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes," December 15, 1973–January 15, 1974, checklist no. 6 (as "Vue sur la pyramide de Cestius").

    New York. Richard L. Feigen & Co.. "A Century of Landscape Painting: England and France 1770–1870," May 9–June 28, 1996, no. 19 (as "Landscape with the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius, Rome," 1782–84, lent by Eugene Victor Thaw).

    New York. Pierpont Morgan Library. "The Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994," September 27, 2002–January 19, 2003, no. 67.

    New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Studying Nature: Oil sketches from the Thaw Collection," January 23–August 30, 2009, unnum. checklist (as "Landscape with the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius, Rome").

  • References

    William M. Griswold in The Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994. Exh. cat., Pierpont Morgan Library. New York, 2002, pp. 150–51, no. 67, ill. (color), identifies Porta San Paolo just to the left of the pyramid.

    Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. New York, 2011, p. 145, no. 130, ill. (color), calls it "Landscape with the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius, Rome".



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