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RIGAUD, After John Francis (1742-1810)
Innocence; Providence...; Happiness...; Wisdom. From the Original Picture presented to the City [of London] by Ald[erma]n. Boydell
London: J. & J. Boydell, 29 September 1799. Stipple engraving, by Benjamin Smith. 20 5/8 x 16 inches approx. 23 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches approx. A very fine series of allegorical studies after the Italian-born painter John Francis Rigaud. The four allegorical "benefits" undoubtedly designed and chosen by Alderman Boydell, who dedicated them to King George III and Queen Charlotte, might be called four blessings or characteristics of a well-governed kingdom. Each allegory is a goddess attended by cherubs who illustrate the attribute. George's rule was nearing its 40th year, and Boydell's quartet of prints should be seen as a celebration of the reign. John Francis Rigaud "was baptised 9 Sept. 1742 at the protestant church of La Tour in the Valley of Lucerne in Piedmont. He was intended to share his father's commercial business, but, evincing a love of painting, was placed as a pupil with Chevalier Beaumont of Turin, historical painter to the king of Sardinia. After some early ventures in historical and portrait painting, Rigaud went to Italy, visiting Florence and Bologna, where, at the age of twenty-four, he was elected a member of the Accademia Clementina; afterwards he went to Rome, but was recalled to Turin for family reasons. He found plenty of work in Turin, but returned to Rome in 1768 to complete his studies. At Rome he met James Barry (1741-1806) among others, and it was perhaps through him that he determined to go to England. He reached London in December 1771, and was fortunately befriended by merchant friends of his father in the city. He had, however, to fa … [Click Below for Full Description]
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