The Berger Collection

David Roberts, RA (1796-1864)
Interior of the Cathedral, Pisa, 1859
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated at lower right, 1859
47 1/2 x 35 1/2 in. (120.5 x 90cm)

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On his way to Italy in 1853, Roberts met up with his lithographer Louis Haghe in Paris, and together they traveled on to Rome, via Pisa and Florence. In Pisa, they spent a week making sketches, from which Roberts later painted several pictures, including this one showing the magnificent interior of the city's cathedral. The Art Journal of 1860 described the painting when it went on view at the Royal Academy: "From the extremity of the nave we look up to the high altar; but the space described is greater than reality, perspectively increased as it is by the lines upon the floor. Yet it is a grand and imposing interior, with its marble columns."


Sold by the artist to B. Preston; Sotheby's, London, April 3, 1996, lot 122


Art Journal, 1860, p. 166; J. Ballantine, The Life of David Roberts, RA, 1866, pp. 198, 252, no. 229

Exhibited: Royal Academy, London, 1860, no. 212

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