Francesco Giuseppe CASANOVA - 1727 - 1802
Landscape with Peasants Resting near a Waterfall
Venetian School

Black chalk, grey and brown wash

48.1 X 70.6 cm

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Probably Early of Warwick, Christie's 1896 C. Davis



Francesco Casanova, born in London in 1727, initiated his studies with Francesco Simonini and then worked for ten years until 1751 with Francesco Guardi in Venice. Casanova specialized in battle scenes, horse races, landscapes with animals. He also traveled to Dresden and Paris where he resided for six years and exhibited in 1761. In Paris he was in contact with Joseph Francois Parrocel and was a member of the Royal Academy in 1763. In 1767 he exhibited in London at the Free Society of Artists. Casanova then left for Vienna where he worked for Catherine II. He died in Bruehl, near Vienna, in 1802.

The present composition, although probably imaginary, must be dated to his Italian years and can be compared to two drawings by Casanova which were formerly in the collection of Clara May Burns, sold at auction with Christies’ in New York in 1992 showing “A Runaway Wagon in a Storm” and “A Cavalry Skirmish”. As the present drawing has the same dimensions and technique as those two drawings, they all may once have belonged together in a larger album. Other comparative drawings were at auction in Paris at Drouot in April 1991, "Herdsmen with their Animals" and in March 1989 "Festivity outside a Town", and a drawing in the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto showing "Farmers at a Table" ( 65/53). Similar "Herdsmen with Animals" scenes can be found in paintings by Casanova in the Staeattische Kunstsammlung in Augsburg (, at Dulwich College in London ( and in 1963 with the Galerie Pardo in Paris as well as the “Landscape with Waterfall and Traveling Peasants” formerly with Gallery Kekko in 1999.


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