ITALIAN SCHOOL, 19th century
Lake Como [and:] Lake Maggiore
Italy: circa 1850. Pair of views, gouache over faint etched line, black gouache border. Period gilt and faux bois frames. Image size (including text): 8 3/4 x 34 inches. Veneer with elaborate gold leaf lip. Framed Size: 21 x 46 inches.
Two splendid, panoramic views of Lake Como and Lake Maggiore.
Catering to the foreigners flocking to the region on The Grand Tour, this pair of hand-painted prints beautifully depict the famed, picturesque lakes, with rich bands of blue highlighting the water and sky, with the surrounding hills and mountains dotted with luxurious villas. In the view of Lake Maggiore, we see from a very high vantage point the Borromean Islands: Isola Bella, Isola Madre and Isola dei Pescatori,with their extraordinary gardens. The view of Lake Como looks north up the lake towards Switzerland from above Bellagio, which occupies the point at which the lake divides in two. The paintings are clearly intended as a pair, the images being almost identical in size with matching black painted margins. The prints are as issued with black labels covering the original printed titles.