Alexandre Thomas FRANCIA (Calais 1820 - Brussels 1884)
A Still Life of Letters, Cards, an Envelope, a Pencil, a Match and a Cigar Stub
Watercolour. Signed with a depiction of the artist’s visiting card, inscribed Mr A. FRANCIA. / 6 rue de Berceau and P.P.C. in black ink. Dated 1880 twice, on a letter and a banknote.171 x 214 mm. (6 3/4 x 8 3/8 in.)ENQUIRE
This charming still life watercolour is unusual in Alexandre Francia’s oeuvre, which is dominated by landscapes and marine subjects. When the present sheet was exhibited in London in 1985, it was noted that ‘Painted not long before the artist died, it carries, with its cigar stub and the black-edged visiting card ironically marked P.P.C. (parti pour congé), a suitably valedictory message.’ (London, Anthony Reed Gallery, Louis Francia and his son Alexandre, exhibition catalogue, 1985, p.4.)
Nicholas Meinertzhagen, LondonKing Street Galleries, London, in 1987Mr. and Mrs. Jerrold Ziff, Urbana, Illinois.