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Emma Gaggiotti-Richards (1825-1912) "Summer" and "Autumn", two important oil paintings, 1849

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Two oval oil painting with allegories of (respectively) summer and autumn (surely originating from a four-piece cycle "Four Seasons"; this, as we will see below, was artist's favorite subject; in fact, seventeen years later, she had received in Paris a commission to paint "Four Seasons" for Emperor Napoleon III).
Formerly in the inventory of Chatsworth House (Castle in Derbyshire, England; see our image nr.19), this pair came - among other objects from the same house - to Sotheby's sale (5th October 2010, lot 667; see our image nr.20), where we succeed in purchasing it.
The author of these two wonderful paintings was female artist from Italy by the name Emma Gaggiotti-Richards. The following can be learned about her from the artist dictionary of Saur:

Emma Gaggiotti-Richards was born in 1825 (or 1826) in Rome and died in June of 1912 in Velletri by Rome. A very beautiful and cultivated girl (she was also a good musician and singer), she spent her youth in Ancona, where she was a pupil of Nicola Consorti. There, she made acquaintance with her future husband, Englishman Richards, with whom she then settled in 1848 in Rome, where she became a pupil of Tommaso Minardi. Later, she and her husband moved to London and remained there until 1854. Her religious and mythological paintings and portraits brought her there a wide recognition. One of her self-portraits was purchased by the Prussian Crown Prince in 1851, and the replica of the same portrait - by Queen Victoria (the artist also made a number of other allegorically-themed paintings for her). The Prussian ambassador in London gave Gaggiotti-Richards a letter of recommendation to present to Alexander von Humboldt in Berlin, where she proceeded to paint the latter's portrait (see our images nr.21-22). It was for this painting that she received a gold medal from Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, whom she portrayed (equestrian portrait) as well. She also painted the portrait of future German Emperor Wilhelm I. She then moved to Paris, where she worked for Emperor Napoleon III, for whom she painted the aforementioned "Four Seasons" cycle (sic!!!; see our image nr.23). In 1853 she returned to Rome, and in 1855 once again settled in her native Ancona (town situated 280km from Rome on the Adriatic coast - B.W.). From 1865 she lived in Florence, later again in Rome and, from 1904 until her death, in Velletri (40km from Rome - B.W.).

Oliver Millar, the author of catalogue "The Victorian pictures in collection of Her Majesty the Queen" (see our image nr.24), writes that in 1857 Prince William (Wilhelm) of Baden had asked the famous portraitist Franz Xaver Winterhalter (who also worked, among others, for the British Royal Family) to assist Emma Gaggiotti-Richards…
*Apart from that, we discovered a street in Rome, which was named after Emma Gaggiotti (see our image nr.25). The latter implies that she was an important person in this city. Further information about her (from an Italian source) reveals that her father was a high-ranking official in Vatican, which means that the artist's family was very well connected in Rome. In 1849 (sic!! - the date of our paintings - B.W.) Emma's personal intercession freed famous Roman patriot and revolutionary Antonio Gianelli (also a native of Ancona) from capital punishment.

Works of Emma Gaggiotti-Richards are on view in numerous museum collections across Europe: Genoa, Grenoble, London (National Portrait Gallery; see our image nr.26), etc. Our images nr.27-28 show six of her works from the collection of H.M. the Queen of Great Britain.

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Condition: good; lined; in original (restored) frames

Creation Year: 1849

Measurements: UNFRAMED:81,0x69,0cm/31,9x27,2in FRAMED: 100,0x87,5cm/39,4x34,4in

Object Type: Framed oil paintings

Style: 19th century paintings

Technique: oil on canvas (oval)

Inscription: both are signed and dated: EMMA G. RICHARDS. /1849

Creator: Emma Gaggiotti-Richards
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!

Creator Dates: 1825(1826?) Rome-1912 Velletri by Rome

Nationality: English / British


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