Louis de Caullery

Cambrai before 1582 – 1621/22 Antwerp

A Capriccio View of Florence

Oil on panel, 19¼ x 28⅛ ins. (49 x 71.5 cm)

One of a pair

CS0388a
Provenance

Sale, London, 1934, sold to Mr. J Goos (£1200)
Sold to R. Delongé in 1936 (BFr 250,000)
Sale, Galerie Georges Giroux,Brussels,28 June 1955, no. 27 and 29 (BFr 28,800)
With Galerie Jacobs, 1955
Private European collection 1955 – 2007
With Johnny Van Haeften Limited, London, 2007
Private collection, Guernsey,  2007-2021


Essay

Louis de Caullery specialised in views of towns, but most of these are capriccio, i.e., imaginary views with some elements of the cities depicted being placed in different positions or transformed. Many of his views are of Italian cities notably Venice, Florence and Rome and these excellently preserved examples show him at the height of his powers.