CHIPART (Paris 1774 - Copenhagen(?) c.1825)
Fishermen by the Ruins of an Aqueduct, possibly the Aqua Anio Vetus Sold
Laid down on an old mount.
Inscribed Chipard. del. Copenhague. at the lower left of the mount.
484 x 376 mm. (19 x 14 3/4 in.)
Although it is impossible to determine the exact location of the ruins depicted in the present sheet, it is likely to be the Anio Vetus aqueduct, which lies on the road to Tivoli. Built between 272 and 269 BC, the Anio Vetus was the second aqueduct of Rome.
A stylistically comparable gouache landscape by Chipart, depicting the cascade in the vaults of the Villa of Maecanas at Tivoli, is also with Stephen Ongpin Fine Art. The existence of two large views of sites in or near Tivoli by Chipart would suggest that the artist may have visited the area during his travels.
The present sheet was formerly in the collection of the Danish lawyer, administrator and art collector Benjamin Larsen Wolff (1790-1866).
Benjamin Wolff, Engelholm, Denmark (Lugt 420)
Thence by descent.