Very rare and copious letter entirely handwritten by the famous painter Francois-Xavier Fabre, sent from Florence.
The letter is sent to a client interested in portraits, to whom he tells that a recent inflammation in his eyes has forced him to a period of inactivity, but that the copy of his standing portrait will still be ready shortly. The emperor's recent peace, and the evacuation of the port of Livorno give new chances of finally being able to send the crates he is waiting for.
The portrait painter then informs him of various episodes concerning his art, for example that he has had various orders for portraits that he reluctantly cannot refuse, given the times, and that Mr. Allen Smith left him important orders for his study (mr. Smith’s portrait, meticulously described in this letter, is one of Fabre's most famous works).
Fabre then goes on to describe two works made for Mr. Smith, of whom we found no trace in Fabre’s extremely accurate description. These are two large plates on which the painter depicted on one the Farewell of Hector to Andromache, and on the other Cornelia, mother of the Gracchus brothers.
Fabre then provides other information on portraits he has just made, such as those of Moscovich, Salviati, Tassoni, the Marquis of Albany.
This letter is to be considered of incredible importance as it is possible, from Fabre’s own hand, to retrace some highlights of the career of one of the greatest portrait painters of all time.
Handwritten pages: 4
Autograph with certificate of authenticity (COA-R), registered in our archives.
- Handtekening letter gesigneerd (ALS)
- Aantal boeken
- Handschriften, Kunst, Napoleontische periode
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- François-Xavier Fabre Painter and Portraitist
- Autograph; Information of Orders for Important Portraits and Eye Infection from Florence
- Zeer Goed
- Publicatiejaar oudste item
- Eerste druk
- Oorspronkelijke taal
- Enkele pagina
- Gesigneerd, Gesigneerd door auteur
- Aantal pagina‘s.
- 21×14,5 cm