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Watercolour - A Gipsy Encampment at Filaret outside Bucharest
  • A Gipsy Encampment at Filaret outside Bucharest
    Preziosi, Aloysius Rosarius Amadeus Raymondus Andreas 5th Count Preziosi, born 1816 - died 1882
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A Gipsy Encampment at Filaret outside Bucharest

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    Romania (painted)

  • Date:

    1869 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Preziosi, Aloysius Rosarius Amadeus Raymondus Andreas 5th Count Preziosi, born 1816 - died 1882 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour, on stiff paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:

    SD.829

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 86, shelf SC, box 29

Preziosi visited Bucharest, the capital of the two then recently united Rumanian principalities, in 1868 and 1869. The large number of drawings made by him on these two trips range from atmospheric wash studies of river and sky to highly detailed figure compositions illustrating the folk-life of Rumania. The majority are still in Rumania, in the Muzeul de arta al Republich Socialiste Romania. This lively drawing, though rapidly executed, packs in much visual information. It focuses on the gipsies and their distinctive cart with its curious axle and springing arrangement, and includes in the foreground a girl carrying an unusually turned and carved wooden water-pot.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Romania (painted)

Date

1869 (painted)

Artist/maker

Preziosi, Aloysius Rosarius Amadeus Raymondus Andreas 5th Count Preziosi, born 1816 - died 1882 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour, on stiff paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed, inscribed and dated Preziosi Bucharest '69.

Dimensions

Height: 34.5 cm, Width: 53.6 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt at Bonhams, Sept. 1968, £13'.

Historical context note

One of many drawings made by the artist during his visits to Romania in 1868 and 1869. Cf. a more worked-up watercolour of the same scene, View of Bucharest from Filaret, dated 1 juillet 1868, from a series of at least forty-one views in Romania, in the Muzeul de arta al Republich Socialiste Romania: see A. Busuioceanu, Preziosi, in Collection Apollo. Artistes Etrangers en Roumanie, Bucharest, 1935. For further Romanian sketches, see M.N. Golfin, `Amadeo Preziosi - his nineteenth century watercolours in Rumania', The Connoisseur, January 1972, pp.27-30, and Preziosi, Bucharest, 1976.

Descriptive line

Watercolour, A Gipsy Encampment at Filaret outside Bucharest, 1869, by Amadeo, 5th Count Preziosi

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Searight, Rodney and Scarce, Jennifer M., A Middle Eastern journey : artists on their travels from the collection of Rodney Searight, Talbot Rice Art Centre, 1980
Llewellyn, Briony and Newton, Charles. The People and Places of Constantinople : watercolours by Amadeo Count Preziosi 1816-1882. London, Victori & Albert Museum, 1985

Materials

Watercolour

Techniques

Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Wagons; Gypsies; Carts

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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