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Painting of Travellers at Tivoli Falls Outside Rome After Claude Joseph Vernet



A museum worthy large painting depicting travellers before the falls of Tivoli outside of Rome, with the Temple of Vesta in the background, after the 18thC French artist Claude Joseph Vernet. The painting is not signed but is set in a magnificent 19thC giltwood frame. The work has never been examined professionally by an expert on Vernet, but given the quality and robustness of the frame, the use of wine cork spacers between the canvas and the back of frame, the age of the canvas and finally the paining itself, it could be the work of the master himself. It is known that during his lifetime, Vernet painted more than twenty versions of this subject in all sizes with slight differences between each one. The subject was very popular with European travellers on the 'Grand Tour'. There is a label verso on the frame of the painting shown in one of the photos from “Messrs. Costa and Conti, artists, number 1818 Via Dei Bardi Florence. Costa and Conti were in business in Florence in the mid 19thC and they employed academically trained artists to produce copies or near copies of renaissance and baroque artwork for their gallery. The gallery however also did business selling original works by old masters. Claude Vernet painted the majority of the Tivoli Falls collection in his time in Rome, circa 1750, or about 50 years before Costa and Conti were in business. If this work is a copy of the original, then where is the original that permitted copying? Known paintings are found in the Cleveland Museum of Fine Art, the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio, the Mauritshuis Museum in the Hague Holland, and the Hermitage in St Petersburg. Others must exist in private collections, possibly even lost but there is no known record of the repository of the other sixteen Tivoli falls paintings Vernet produced. Through a search conducted on Internet auction sites Findartinfo and Artnet, the fact that this painting is not signed does not preclude the possibility that it is the work of the master. There has been almost as many signed Vernet paintings as unsigned ones. The search on these sites also show that the greater majority of the work of Vernet that has come up for auction deals with his later work and for which Vernet is mostly known viz., storm scenes, shipwrecks, and moonlit harbour scenes. Paintings of the Tivoli Falls by or attributed to the artist are actually quite rare. A similar size painting, admittedly signed in this case titled "La Cascade " (The Falls) painted in 1783 when Vernet was back in France sold at auction Christie's London June 2007 for $340,000. A painting of a shipwreck that is half the size of this work this time unsigned sold at auction also at Christies London on May 2011 for about $220,000. Pricing of this painting is, for now, based on the work being a mid-19thC copy of an original whose whereabouts is not known. This might change in the future.


  • Similar to
    Claude-Joseph Vernet (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 60 in. (152.4 cm)Width: 80 in. (203.2 cm)Depth: 3 in. (7.62 cm)
  • Style
    Grand Tour (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1850
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Vancouver, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4631215368282

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