(Paris 1796 - Paris 1822)
A Procession of Monks in the Countryside near Naples
Signed and dated Michallon / 1822 at the lower right.
Further inscribed Michallon 1822 on the mount.
192 x 272 mm. (7 5/8 x 10 3/4 in.) [sight]
Drawn in the year of the artist’s early death, after he had left Italy and returned to France, this atmospheric landscape should be seen as a souvenir of Italy, rather than a strictly topographical view. A stylistically comparable pen and wash drawing – a depiction of The Tomb of Virgil in Naples, signed and dated 1822 - is in the Louvre, while likewise similar in technique, size and date is a landscape drawing of Peasants Gathering Fruit near Naples, also dated 1822, in a private American collection.
The present sheet is likely to have been among the contents of the artist’s studio dispersed in the posthumous vente Michallon of December 1822. It later entered the collection of the Rouen merchant and archaeologist Louis Deglatigny (1854-1936), who assembled an extensive collection of paintings and drawings, as well as books and prints, much of which was sold in five auctions in Paris in 1937. This drawing, however, remained with the collector’s descendants until 2019.
Louis Deglatigny, Rouen
By descent to his great-grandson, Jean-Claude Delauney, Caen.