Thomas Kearnan (British, fl. 1821-1850) The Virtuoso's Library 30.5 x 42 cm. (12 x 16 1/2 in.)

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Lot 45
Thomas Kearnan
(British, fl. 1821-1850)
The Virtuoso's Library 30.5 x 42 cm. (12 x 16 1/2 in.)

£ 10,000 - 15,000
US$ 13,000 - 19,000
Thomas Kearnan (British, fl. 1821-1850)
The Virtuoso's Library
signed 'T. Kearnan' l.l.
watercolour
30.5 x 42 cm. (12 x 16 1/2 in.)

Footnotes

  • Thomas Kearnan specialised in interior scenes and painted the interiors of several of the important British country houses. The library depicted in this work is unidentified but it's style is quintessential of the library of a wealthy and distinguished Victorian gentleman. The room is filled with extravagent furnishings, vases, busts and bronze statuary. The pair of sculptures, supported on the two tables in the foreground depict the 'Marli Horses' after the famous equestrian groups of that name by Guillaume I Coustou; bronzes of these horses were extremely popular with Victorian collectors. The classical statues are probably neo-classical copies of well known antique models. The telescope, globe, oriental chest and various other objets d'art indicate the library of a collector and Grand Tourist keen to exhibit his wealth and display his knowledge of the world.
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