Hubert ROBERT (Paris 1733 - Paris 1808)
An Architectural Capriccio of the Roman Forum, with Figures by the Temple of Castor and Pollux and the Arch of Titus
Red chalk, with framing lines in brown ink, on paper laid down onto another sheet.
363 x 287 mm. (14 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.)
A counterproof of this drawing is in the collection of the Bibliothèque Municipale in Besançon. Hubert Robert often made counterproofs of his drawings in both black and red chalk; this was an essential task, since by making a counterproof, any excess chalk dust – which otherwise might easily smear - would be removed from the original drawing. Often, the artist would extensively rework the counterproof to create a finished, reversed version of the original composition.
The counterproof of this drawing now in Besançon was later used for a painting of Roman Ruins with the Colosseum of 1798 in the Louvre.
Anonymous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 12 April 1999, lot 150
Anonymous sale, Paris, Christie’s, 25 March 2015, lot 131.
Sarah Catala et al, Les Hubert Robert de Besançon, exhibition catalogue, Besançon, 2013-2014, p.97, under no.59.