Guardi and Dyce, two paintings acquired by the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff

1. Francesco Guardi (1712-1793)
View of the Palazzo Loredan dell’Ambasciatore on the Grand Canal
Oil on panel - 24.3 x 35.5 cm
Cardiff, National Museum Wales
Photo : Art Fund

1/9/10 – Acquisitions – Cardiff, National Museum of Wales - The Welsh museum has just received a painting by Francesco Guardi (ill. 1) as “acceptance in lieu”. Since the price of the work exceeded the tax amount due, the museum also paid 85.000 £ of which 20.000 was provided by The Art Fund.
This small wooden panel is the sole representation done by the artist of the Palazzo Loredan dell’Ambasciatore on the Grand Canal. Until now, the museum owned only one other painting by Guardi but which was not very typical of the artist as it is a portrait, A Young Girl from the Gradenigo Family with a Dove.

2. William Dyce (1806-1864)
Landscape with Two Women Knitting
Oil on board - 36 x 58 cm
Cardiff, National Museum Wales
Photo : Art Fund

Earlier this year, the museum in Cardiff had already acquired, also with the help of the Art Fund [1] a painting by William Dyce, Landscape with Two Women Knitting (ill. 2) for a total of 557.218 £. The work had sold at Sotheby’s on 19 November 2008, as part of Sir David Scott’s collection, and had been temporarily banned for export from the United Kingdom a year later. A private individual had purchased it until the museum was able to raise the necessary funds.
Although William Dyce was never a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, his style was close to that of the movement. The scene in the painting takes place in the Welsh countryside which the Scottish artist had visited in 1860 but the canvas was probably executed in his London workshop. The unusual presence of these two women, dressed in local costumes, knitting amid a rocky landscape makes this work particularly colorful.

Didier Rykner, mercredi 1er septembre 2010


[1] 166.000 £. The same amount was provided by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a private donor also contributed considerably towards the purchase of this acquisition.

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