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John Scarlett Davis

United Kingdom (1804 -  1845 )
DAVIS John Scarlett The Interior Of St Eustache, Paris

Christie's /Dec 8, 2011
3,487.16 - 5,811.93
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John Scarlett Davis - The Long Gallery Of The Uffizi, Florence

John Scarlett Davis - The Long Gallery Of The Uffizi, Florence

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John Scarlett Davis (Leominster 1804-1845 London) The Long Gallery of the Uffizi, Florence signed and dated 'J Scarlett Davis 1834' (lower left) oil on canvas 42 1/8 x 55½ in. (107 x 141 cm.) Provenance Commissioned by John Hinxman; Christie's, London, 25 March 1848, lot 78 (19 gns. to Roughet). Miss C. O'Connell, Durant House, Northam. National Westminster Bank Ltd. An anonymous institution; Sotheby's, London, 14 July 1993, lot 102, where acquired by the present owner. PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION Literature A. Graves, The British Institution: 1806-1867, London, 1908, p. 142. G. Watkin Williams, 'The Life and Works of John Scarlett Davis (1804-1845)', The Old Water-Colour Society's Club, XLV, 1970, pp. 20-21. Lot Notes In 1799, with France's victory over Austria, Tuscany came under Napoleonic rule. Over the next few years Napoleon's strength grew, and even in the face of the strenuous opposition of Tommaso Puccini, then director of the Uffizi Gallery, many of Florence's treasures – including the famed Venus de' Medici (fig. 1) – were carried off to Paris. The Venus, long renowned as one of the finest antique statues to have survived, was a requisite stop for any traveler on the Grand Tour and a paragon of classical beauty. After Napoleon's fall in 1814, Ferdinand III returned to his seat as Grand Duke of Tuscany and sent a commission to Paris to request the return of stolen artwork, including the Venus, which resulted in the restoration of a number of paintings and sculpture to their Florentine home. Davis's scene, painted twenty years later, reflects a return to peace and normalcy within the Uffizi's vaunted Long Gallery and is among the finest of the gallery interiors for which the artist had become known. Many of the works in the present image can be identified, including, from left: Barocci's large Madonna del Popolo altarpiece; the Martyrdom of Saint Giustina by Veronese; and a View of the Grand Canal by Canaletto. Below these are Reynolds's Self-Portrait, commissioned by Ferdinand III's predecessor as Grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopold II, and presented by the artist himself to the gallery in 1775. Beneath that is Veronese's Assumption of the Virgin, which hangs just above Rubens' portraits of himself and his first wife Isabella Brandt. Leaning against the wall at lower left is a portrait of a Cardinal, probably by Van Dyck, and just to the right of this canvas is Michelangelo's celebrated Virgin and Child tondo. At the far end of the long hallway, silhouetted against the bright sunlight pouring through the window, is Baccio Bandinelli's copy of the renowned ancient marble Laacoön (Vatican, Rome). In the center foreground, an elegant lady in green sketches at an easel, and just behind her, along the left wall, is the unmistakable Venus de' Medici, whose removal from and return to the Gallery had been the subject of such fierce dispute only a few years before. As the Venus' place in the Gallery had before its removal been in the famous Tribuna Room (where it can be seen again today), one wonders if Davis' work illustrates a heretofore undocumented placement of the famous sculpture, or if its inclusion in the background is invented, and intended to serve as a purposeful allusion to the marble's recent triumphant return.
John Scarlett Davis - Interior Of A Church

John Scarlett Davis - Interior Of A Church

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Lot number: 349
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Description: John Scarlett Davis (British, 1804-c.1845) Interior of a Church Unsigned, identified on a label from J. S. Maas & Co. Ltd., London, on the reverse. Oil on panel, 14 x 10 in. (35.5 x 25.4 cm), framed. Condition: Craquelure, frame abrasions, surface grime. Condition Report: There are several dashes of (old) retouch. The work might benefit from cleaning. The craquelure is fine and stable. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.
John Scarlett Davis - Views  Of Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale, Yorkshire

John Scarlett Davis - Views Of Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale, Yorkshire

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Lot number: 241
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241. Yorkshire.- Davis (John Scarlett) Fourteen Views in Lithography, of Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale, Yorkshire second edition, 14 lithograph plates on India paper, spotting and browning, several tears and handling creases, surface dirt, lacking lower wrapper, split, worn, oblong imperial 4to, Charles Frederick Cock, 1829; with a group of 58 loose plates by James A. Merigot, from A Select Collection of Views and Ruins in Rome and Its Vicinity, aquatints with etching, each sheet c.220 x 290mm., some browning, c.1798 (Qty.).
John Scarlett Davis - The Interior Of St Eustache, Paris

John Scarlett Davis - The Interior Of St Eustache, Paris

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Lot number: 440
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John Scarlett Davis (Leominster 1804-1845 London) The interior of St Eustache, Paris, with the congregation at prayer in the nave, the high altar beyond signed with initials and dated 'JSD 1836' (on a pillar, lower left) and inscribed 'HIC JACET COLBERT' and 'S T . EAUSTACHE' [sic] (lower centre, on flagstones) and further inscribed and dated 'Int. of S t Eaustache [sic]./Paris/by./J. Scarlett Davis./1836' (on the verso of the original mount) pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour and bodycolour, with gum arabic, watermark J WHATMAN/1835 7 5/8 x 11 7/8 in. (19.3 x 30.2 cm.) John Hinxman (+); Christie's, London, 24 March 1848, lot 86 (19 gns to Holloway). C.E. Hughes. Newall Collection; Christie's, London, 13 December 1979, lot 30. with Spink, London, where purchased for the present collection. Property from an Important American Collection (Lots 376 and 440) C.E. Hughes, Early English Water-Colours, Chicago, 1913, p. 118, illustrated. R.E. Abbott, 'The Rediscovery of John Scarlett Davis', The Antique Collector, 1937, p. 207. Manchester, Whitworth Institute, Watercolour Exhibition, 1912, no. 18. London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, Bonington and his Circle, 1937, no. 156.
John Scarlett Davis - The Interior Of St Eustache, Paris

John Scarlett Davis - The Interior Of St Eustache, Paris

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Lot number: 120
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John Scarlett Davis (Leominster 1804-1845 London) The interior of St Eustache, Paris, with the congregation at prayerin the nave, the high altar beyond signed with initials and dated 'JSD 1836' (on a pillar, lower left)and inscribed 'HIC JACET COLBERT' and 'S T . EAUSTACHE[sic]' (lower centre, on flagstones) and further inscribed anddated 'Int. of S t Eaustache [sic]./Paris/by. J. ScarlettDavis./1836' (on the verso of the original mount) pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour and bodycolour, with gumarabic, watermark J WHATMAN/1835 7 5/8 x 11 7/8 in. (19.3 x 30.2 cm.) John Hinxman (+); Christie's, London, 24 March 1848, lot 86 (19gns to Holloway). C.E. Hughes. Newall Collection; Christie's, London, 13 December 1979, lot30. with Spink, London, where purchased for the presentcollection. C.E. Hughes, Early English Water-Colours, Chicago, 1913, p. 118,illustrated. R.E. Abbott, 'The Rediscovery of John Scarlett Davis', The AntiqueCollector, 1937, p. 207. Manchester, Whitworth Institute, Watercolour Exhibition, 1912,no. 18. London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, Bonington and his Circle, 1937,no. 156. The Hinxman sale in 1848 included a large collection of works byDavis, as well as works by other artists such as Cosway, Payne,Stubbs and Varley. Lots 86 and 97 were interior views of StEustache in Paris, both sold to 'Holloway'. The collection,comprising twenty-three lots of pencil sketches, nineteen ofwatercolour drawings and twenty-nine of sketches in oil, included alarge number of small architectural sketches in pencil grouped intoseparate lots, many also bought by Holloway, which may haveincluded a pencil drawing of The Painted Hall, Greenwich (see lot121 in our sale). The sale also included two related drawings, lot120 on 24 March, Greenwich pensioners reading a gazette, and lot 88on 25th March, The Painted Hall at Greenwich. A number of theHinxman pictures that were bought by Holloway also appeared in theNewall sale in 1979. Built between 1532 and 1640, the church of St Eustache has played apart in the lives of many famous Parisians: Louis XIV received hisfirst Communion there; Cardinal Richelieu and Madame de Pompadourwere baptised there; and Mozart chose the church for the funeral ofhis mother in 1778. The present watercolour shows that by 1826there were a number of paintings hanging on its walls whichincluded an early work by Rubens entitled Pilgrims of Emmaus,Tobias and the Angel by Santi di Tito, and a copy of La BelleJardinière by Raphael (Musée du Louvre, Paris). A painting of the same view, also from the Newall Collection, wassold in these Rooms, on 26 October 1979, lot 66. For a drawing by Davis of The Painted Hall, Greenwich see lot121.
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