Marguerite's Vision, watercolour on paper, unsigned. 19th Century Continental School. c1850.
Watercolour on paper, unsigned. Dimensions : Frame : 330mm x 380mm x 20mm. Image : 175mm x 225mm. Weight : 1.040kg net. Condition : Good.
Marguerite's Vision, watercolour on paper, 19th Century Continental School, unsigned. c1850. Framed and glazed.
Dimensions : Frame : 330mmx 380mm x 20mm. Image : 175mm x 225mm. Weight ; 1.040kg net.
Condition/Notes : Good. The watercolour on paper painting is in good condition with good colour. There is no sign of foxing or moisture but there is a small 1mm spot of surface abrasion to the rh side of the walking-stick but it does not detract from the painting. There are also a few small areas of craqueleur on the vertical fireplace structures to the lh edge of the painting which appear to have stabilized and so are not of concern. The image is an interesting study of a woman's holy vision of the Divine Child in an interior location. A descriptive label is attached verso which reads "Marguerite is recovering from a severe illness which has left a deformity. She is grieving over her troubles and has a vision of the Divine Child holding up a wing on which is pictured our Lord dying. Marguerite then feels that her sorrows are but a faint image of His and is ever after reconciled to them". The painting appears to be an illustration for a narrative the title of which is currently unknown. The outline graphite drawing of the Divine Child can be clearly seen within the halo which extends to the outer regions where a stippling effect merges into the gloominess of the room; an effective technique to depict a difficult image. The work is unfortunately unsigned but evidently of Continental origin and is displayed within a pale white mount which has foxing spots in places and darkly toned window edges. The original gilt moulded frame is darkened and has scuffing in places but is sturdy with a wooden backing board secured by old nails and dry gummed tape. Remnants of the original charcoal coloured backing paper are still attached in places and the descriptive label with faded black ink handscript, as described previously, is attached to the upper centre. Rings and old cord attached. An interesting 19th Century iconic study which will benefit from identification of the accompanying narrative. Please view the images below :
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