Object Detail

Catalogue number
Other titles
Rialto Steps, Venice
watercolour on paper
630 x 475 mm
Signed FH '06 lower right
Framing sticker with the number 5299 on the upper right of the backing board, and the number 12 in white chalk.
A further sticker in the centre indicates it was framed by Jules Leboucq, 112 avenue de Villiers in Paris, shortly before it was exhibited in November 1906
An inscription on the back of the paper itself states ‘No 1, Le Rialto, Venise, 500 francs’, suggesting it may have been hung first as one entered the gallery.
An Atlantic shipping sticker, inscribed LOEB 29, indicates that it was shipped abroad from Paris at some point, possibly to America, but whether it had been acquired or lent to an exhibition is currently unknown. This label is placed over the remains of the central label after it had been removed.
A further handwritten label confirms that it was acquired for 500 francs, identifies the artist (although linking her to the Australian School), and that it was painted in ’06. Written in Italian, rather than French, it provides the ultimate clue to its more recent owner.
Subject place
Galerie Georges Petit, Paris 1906
Private collection, Italy since 1970s
International Art Centre Auction 27 July 2021, lot 49