Lot 20


DANIEL MACLISE (1806-1870), IRISH
COUPLE RELATING A STORY TO SOLDIERS WITH BIBLICAL RELICS BEFORE THEM IN A LANDSCAPE WITH ROMAN RUINS, CIRCA 1840

Oil on canvas inscribed “D. Maclise #26” in pen and ink to an old label to the stretcher, exhibited as “Young Lovers Held Captive (unknown historical scene)”

30 x 36 in — 76.2 x 91.4 cm

Provenance:
Ex. Collection of Philip Shackleton’s sister, in the Shackleton family for over 60 years, Kingston, Ontario
Sold at Tim Potter Auctions, December 4, 2004
From whom purchased by the present Private Collection, Kingston, Ontario

Exhibited:
“Revelations - European Old Masters in Kingston Collections” exhibition Bader Gallery, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario 11 February - 19 August 2007 as “Young Lovers Held Captive (unknown historical scene) around 1840.”

Note:
Philip Shackleton wrote the definitive book, “The Furniture of Old Ontario.” This work has been held in the Shackleton family for over half a century.

According to David A. de Witt, former Bader Gallery Curator of European Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario, the theme of this picture until this exhibition resisted deciphering. In the note to the catalogue, de Witt states, “[...] Its martial character and oriental setting evoke Torquato Tasso’s famous epic poem,
Jerusalem Liberate (1581). He continues, “Maclise was the foremost subject painter in England during the first half of the 19th century, and boasted wide reading, drawing from sources such as English and Continental European history, Shakespeare, legend and literature.” Although the title in the exhibition was Young Lovers Held Captive (unknown historical scene), the painting appears to depict a tranquil conversation between a stately couple, possibly even Charlemagne with one of his wives relating a story to his soldiers.

This work is contained within a frame from Balfour & Wessels, New York, New York (label verso).


Estimate: $15,000—25,000


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