Conrad H.R. Carelli, Chambéry Cathedral, France - Original 1908 graphite drawing

An original 1908 graphite drawing, Conrad H.R. Carelli Chambéry Cathedral, France.

This is a lively sketch of the Roman Catholic Chambéry Cathedral, the building of which dates from the 15th century, when it was constructed as a Franciscan chapel. On laid paper.

Unsigned. Inscribed and dated lower left: "Chambéry Cathedral, Oct 23.08."
There is a closed tear at the left edge and short pin hole tears at the left-hand side.
8.7cm x 10.9cm.

This work is from an outstanding collection by English watercolourist Conrad H.R. Carelli dates from 1907-8 and comprisesminiature picturesque views mainly in the Middle and Far East.

Born in London into a well-known family of Neapolitan artists, Conrad Hector Raphael Carelli (1869-1956) was great-grandson of painter Settimio Carelli, follower of the style of Pompeo Battoni, in Apulia, Italy; grandson of Raffaele Carelli (1795-1864), painter of the School of Posillipo; and son of artist Gabriele Carelli (1821-1900) who moved from Italy to London, where he married an Englishwomen and Queen Victoria became one of his principal patrons.

Conrad Carelli studied in Paris at the Académie Julian in 1889, under William Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury. The Carelli family wintered in Menton on the French Riviera, and Conrad’s father Gabriele died there in 1900. For a while Conrad lived and exhibited at Menton.

Gabriele Carelli travelled regularly and extensively across Britain and Europe, and to North Africa and the Middle East. Conrad shared his father’s propensity to travel, and this collection of watercolours includes scenes in India, Egypt and modern-day Yemen, as well as in England and France. Conrad Carelli worked in a looser version of his father’s style, producing gem-like watercolours, capturing the look and feel of local terrain and architecture.

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Product code: JC-399

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