Nero's Tower, Rome, watercolour on paper, signed Leitch (W.L. Leitch) c1854.
Watercolour and graphite on paper. Dimensions : Frame : 430mm x 359mm x 15mm. Image : 245mm x 171mm. Weight : 1.280kg net. Condition : Good.
Nero's Tower, Rome, watercolour and graphite, signed Leitch (W.L. Leitch 1804-1883), c1854. Framed and glazed.
Dimensions : Frame : 430mm x 359mm x 15mm. Image : 245mm x 171mm. Weight : 1.280kg net.
Condition/Notes : The watercolour and graphite painting depicts the historic structure popularly known as Nero's Tower from which the Emperor Nero is reputed to have watched the Great Fire of Rome. The full title of the painting is attached verso "Torre dene Milizie with s.s. Domenico E Sisto in the background". The colours are good and typical of Leitch's style and the graphite drawing can be seen in places particularly the outlines of the structures. The painting is signed "Leitch" in graphite in the lower rh corner. There is no foxing or moisture but there is slight undulation of the paper ground along the lower edge which could be corrected on opening the frame if required. An interesting and historical drawing of this famous location in Rome which can be quite accurately dated by the recorded return of Leitch accompanied by Sir Coutts Lindsay to Rome in 1854. The painting is displayed within a triple lined pale white mount which is also in good condition with no marking or damage and slight toning to the window's cut edges. The gilt wooden frame is also in good condition with light wear to edges. The frame is backed with a cardboard sheet secured by panel pins; there are remnants of framing tape around the edges indicating that the frame has been opened at some time. A label is attached at the lower edge stating "William Leighton Leitch, R.W.S., 1804-1883, watercolour of Torre dene Milizie with s.s. Domenico E Sisto in the background, signed". Rings and cord attached.
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