This unfinished sketch is thought to depict the garden of the Villa Borghese in Rome, which Alma-Tadema painted while visiting the city with his family in 1876. Holes at each corner suggest the artist worked outside, with the canvas pinned to a board. The study was later mounted on plywood, perhaps by the artist’s daughter Anna, who wrote her father’s name and her own initials in the bottom right corner.
|Medium||Oil on canvas, mounted on panel|
|Dimensions||8 11/16 x 14 in. (22.1 x 35.5 cm)|
|Acquisition||Gift of the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection, 2009|
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Pine Trees in a Roman Park, 1876, Oil on canvas, mounted on panel. Gift of the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection, 2009. The Clark Art Institute, 2009.12.1.
Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012. Swanson, Vern G. The Biography and Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. London: Garton & Co., 1990.
Estate of the artist; [James Coats Gallery, New York, by 1962];¹ sale, Sotheby’s, London, 22 July 1970, no. 322, as A Park in Rome, sold to Morgan; C. Morgan, New York (from 1970); sale, Sotheby’s, Belgravia, 25 July 1972, no. 139, sold to Sewell; [Brian Sewell, London, sold to McCrindle, 1973]; Joseph F. McCrindle, New York and London (1973–d. 2008); Joseph F. McCrindle Estate (2008–9, given to the Clark, as Study of a Garden); Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, 2009.
1. According to Vern Swanson, The Biography and Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1990, p. 188; however, in Robert Isaacson Gallery, 50th Anniversary of the Death of Sir LAwrence Alma-Tadema, 1962, no lender for the painting is identified.