Interior of San Giovanni e San Paolo by David Roberts, RA 1796-1864. 1861. Oil on canvas, 20 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches (52 x 75 cm). Signed and dated lower right, and inscribed verso 'To my ever dear Christine on [her] birthday 1861', this was her 40th birthday. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

Provenance: Christine Bicknell, the artist's daughter. who was born on 4th June 1821; inherited by her husband Henry Bicknell in 1872, his sale at Christie's 1881.

Exhibited: London, The Architectural Society's Room, Conduit Street, February 1865, lent by Mrs Henry Bicknell. Literature: Joseph Ballantine 'The Life of David Roberts RA' (Edinburgh 1866) p.253, no.250 (noted given to Mrs Bicknell [nee Christine Roberts].

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