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The ideal of a pastoral life is represented here, as most of the fashionable houses in Paris had their own private gardens with large windows opening on to lawns and terraces that extend into the landscape, lessening the distinction between inside and out. The garden door, a focal point of the composition, displays the value placed upon the view and greenery by the inhabitants of the Hotel Rainbeaux; typically of their time they recorded it in other surviving documents and photographs. The scene makes a fascinating pendant to a similar, more urban room illustrated by Mario Praz and dated 1862, in which green is the dominant tone.
Emma Roberts was probably the daughter of the famous professional watercolourist James Roberts (c.1800-67) ,who excelled in the recording of Royal interiors for King Louis-Philippe between 1817-48 and later for Prince Albert and Queen Victoria (1848- 61). She was clearly influenced by her father, who recorded royal residences, including Osborne, Windsor, Balmoral and Buckingham Palace. He and his daughter probably returned to Paris from 1861, where Emma made superb watercolours of interiors and gardens from 1862-64 depicted in the following pages.
|Height||178.00 cm||(70.08 inches)|
|Width||229.00 cm||(90.16 inches)|