Penry Williams (British, 1798-1885) Italian peasants in a landscape near lake Nemi
Lot 40
Penry Williams (British, 1798-1885) Italian peasants in a landscape near lake Nemi
Sold for £3,750 (US$ 6,218) inc. premium
Lot Details
Penry Williams (British, 1798-1885)
Italian peasants in a landscape near lake Nemi
signed, inscribed and dated 'Penry Williams/ROME 1860' (lower right); inscribed and titled '15/4/90. The Hon. Sidney Hibbert Italian peasants in a landscape (on a label attached to the reverse),
oil on canvas
39.5 x 61cm (15 9/16 x 24in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Sale, Christie's London, 24 October 1991;
    Private collection, Italy

    LITERATURE:
    Derrick Pritchard Webley, Cast to the winds, The life and work of Penry Williams, The National Library of Wales, no.103, illustrated.

    'The artist overlooks Lake Nemi and depicts peasants returning after harvesting grapes; the left central foreground is dominated by a 'Madonna and child' figure wearing a large bacchanalian head-dress of vine leaves under which the infant shelters. This figure suggests that his thoughts were still intent on bringing the religious themes of the Old Masters into the Italian countryside; to the right foreground is a donkey with peasants carrying baskets of grapes as they toil up the hill form the lake shore.'
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