Lot n° 9
2000 - 3000
Ignace VERNET (Avignon 1726 - Naples après 1770)
Eruption of Vesuvius
Pen and grey ink, watercolor.
19 x 30 cm
Inscribed on the lower left with Volaire and annotations on the whole drawing. On the reverse side an inscription Le chevalier Volaire was a student of Vernet / he stayed for a long time in Naple. see Le dictionnaire.
Younger brother of Joseph Vernet, Ignace Vernet specialized in depictions of the eruptions of Vesuvius.
Around 1745 he joined his brother in Rome where he continued his training while executing copies of the Great Masters and views of Rome for travelers on the Grand Tour. It seems that following a quarrel with Joseph, he left to try his luck in Naples. The city was indeed experiencing a revival of interest thanks to the discovery of Herculaneum and Pompeii. By 1753, Ignatius Vernet was already well established as a painter of views, specializing in representations of Vesuvius. The genre was destined to be a great success, to which Ignatius Vernet would contribute well before Volaire, who was his pupil, and Fabris. Famous amateurs like William Hamilton had one of his works in their collections.
Our eruption of Vesuvius took place on December 11, 1854. Ignace Vernet went there with Guillaume Marie d'Arthenay, secretary of the French embassy in Naples, to illustrate the report of the eruption for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The annotations on the drawing providing elements necessary for the understanding of the event.
Our drawing is a replica of a known work by Ignace Vernet drawn for Guillaume Marie d'Arthenay, secretary of the French embassy in Naples, kept in the French diplomatic archives. Although it has kept a "scientific" character (the annotations), it has a more careful pictorial character. It is not excluded that it could have belonged to d'Arthenay as well.
We thank Mrs. Emilie Beck Saiello for the attribution of this drawing and the information contained in this note.
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