ANTIQUE FRAGMENTS OF ANCIENT ROME, Charles Percier

ANTIQUE FRAGMENTS OF ANCIENT ROME, Charles Percier

c. 1764 to c. 1868 Continental

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These three watercolour designs are for the engraved pictorial title-plates which prefaced each of the sixteen cahiers in which the hundred plates of Percier and Fontaine's Palais, Maisons, et Autres Édifices Modernes Dessinés à Rome (Paris 1798) were arranged. Depicting classical fragments piled up in imaginary galleries and gardens, these coloured drawings for title pages are particularly valuable as the book contains only rather dry outline engravings in black and white. The first of the three drawings, the preparatory sketch for the title page of the first cahier, is a characteristically inventive capriccio in which real objects from the Palazzo Mattei in Rome are incorporated into an imaginary setting including a sarcophagus with a carved frieze depicting a grape harvest and a sacrifice to Priapus.

Charles Percier (1764-1838) met his life-long partner, Pierre Fontaine (1762-1853), in the Paris atelier of the architect and educator, Antoine-François Peyre. They were early noted for their skills as draughtsmen, both winning prizes in the 1780s in the prestigious competitions at the Académie Royale d'Architecture. Here they boldly broke the Academy rules by including romantic landscape effects with poetic cloudy skies. After winning the Grand Prix in 1786, Percier studied at the Académie de France à Rome where he joined Fontaine.
Dimensions
Height 242.00 mm (9.53 inches)
Width 165.00 mm (6.50 inches)
Medium
Watercolour over pen and black ink
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Engraved (titlepage): Charles Percier and P-F-L Fontaine, Palais, Maisons, et Autres Edifices Modernes Dessin's e Rome, Paris, 1798 (plate 62)
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