Filippo Lauri was an Italian draughtsman and painter from Rome; a contemporary of Poussin and Claude whose smaller paintings were popular with European collectors.
An Italian River Landscape with Fishermen by Filippo Lauri, 18th century version
© The artist's estate
- Oil on panel
- 40.7 x 55 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £8,000 ( Total: £16,500)
- Acquired in:
- Anthony Mould
Around 1711 Lord Burlington, the architect and owner of Chiswick house, bought a small cabinet picture by Lauri. The painting featured in the earliest inventory of Chiswick House, and was hung in the Blue Velvet Room from 1753 through the 19th century. This 18th-century copy of the painting acquired by Burlington will be hung in the spot where Lauris work was displayed; the original painting is unlikely to ever be sold on the open market, making this a rare opportunity to evoke Burlingtons display.
Private collection; Sotheby's, 2009; Anthony Mould.