Italian males in conversation

FRANZ KAISERMANN (1765-1833)

Italian males in conversation

c. 1805 Italy

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Franz Kaisermann, also known by his French name Francois Keiserman, was born in Yverdon in Switzerland in 1765. After training as a landscape painter he moved to Rome in 1789. He came to the Papal city because of his fellow compatriot Abraham-Louis-Rodolphe Ducros (1748-1810) to assist in the preparation and finishing of his pictures in his studio. Ducros, who had an already established reputation, together with Giovanni Volpato, had a workshop which were supplying the demand for views of Rome from European clients visiting the city. It is thought that Kaisermann moved to Naples in 1793, which coincided with theanti-French uprising in Rome. In Naples it was most likely that he metwith Jacob Philipp Hackert.

In 1798 Kaisermann returned to Rome and took up residence at number 31 in Piazza di Spagna. He finally set up his own studio and during this time his popularity led him to being considered one of the top artistic figures in Rome.
A very minor trace of foxing, the drawing has been recently conserved. The ink and watercolour are fresh with the paper in very good condition.
Dimensions
Height 21.10 cm (8.31 inches)
Width 16.60 cm (6.54 inches)
Medium
Black chalk, pen and brown ink and watercolour, pen and black ink framing margins
Signed/Inscribed
Signed in pen and brown ink ' Keiserman' lower left.
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