François-Marius GRANET (Aix-en-Provence 1775 - Malvallat 1849)
A Chapel with a Seated Cardinal and Two Priests
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, with touches of watercolour. 285 x 188 mm. (11 1/4 x 7 3/8 in.)ENQUIRE
In his memoirs, Granet often makes reference to the priests and monks he met in Rome, whom he particularly admired for their devotion to their chosen calling. He produced a number of finished genre drawings of monks in their cells or at prayer, which are generally unrelated to paintings and are only occasionally dated. Such works found many admirers throughout the artist’s clientele, and even the King, Louis-Philippe, wrote in a letter of 1826, ‘I like M. Granet’s souvenirs of Italy, those churches, those chapels, all that has a character I like, and then those ceremonies, those Italian priests or monks who delight me...All of this from the brush of M. Granet takes on a truth and vigor that carry one away...’
Sir John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy, London, New York and Florence (with his bookplate on the old frame backing boardProbably by inheritance to Michael Mallon, FlorencePrivate collection, Europe.