Sm. folio: 80 ff. (one f. partly loose, some sl. foxing).
Half green tinted vellum, red marbled paper covers, flat spine (rubbed, 3/4 of vellum missing to spine, label torn off lower cover).
Preparatory studies in pencil, monogrammed "CDA" (for the majority), dated, and captioned in French and very occasionally in Italian. Studies of Oriental women, among which one, on f. 31, dated 1865 preparatory to an oil on canvas dated 1866 and sold by Christie's ("Femme orientale", auction of 26.6.17, n. 78) and another, f. 18, dated 13 July 1865 preparatory to his painting "Odalisque" dated 1866 (sold by Sotheby's, 7.4.20, n. 40), different studies of the same Odalisque, women, body studies, family scenes, mother with child, children (one featuring children's games with caption "Ce que nous avons tous fait"), riders and horses (one fig. a monkey on horse), city views (Vilvoorde, Florence: "Farnesia - Schizzo di Firenze. Scesa da Fiesole"), group of people, dogs, monkeys, ceiling paintings, musicians, 2 studies on the same theme entitled "Le dernier ami", on ff. 76 and 79, featuring an old man with his dog etc. Some with notes in the margins (identifications), one interesting drawing on double page, f. 82, with notes for the final composition?, and one sketch in brown wash over pencil. Cesare Dell'Acqua also illustrated books (some of the sketches are also preparatory for book illustrations?).
Cesare Dell'Acqua wrote in pencil the titles of the drawings and mentions various numbered albums (on pastedowns and front flyleaf), "Album n° 10", "Album 3" in addition to the "IV." written on front flyleaf. Some titles: "Prima declamazione", "Le petit prodige", "La veille de la fermeture du Louvre", "Le dernier ami (chien)", "Vente de marchandises avariées - Trieste" etc.
These sketches were drawn when Cesare Dell'Acqua (1821-1905) was in Brussels. He arrived in the city in around 1848 where he continued his studies with the painter and engraver Louis Gallait (1810-1887). Between 1852 and 1877 he completed a number of commissioned works in Trieste which established his reputation as a painter. Maximilian I asked him for some paintings to decorate the Miramare Castle. In Brussels the works he exhibited enjoyed a very favourable response and he received commissions from prominent families in Brussels, such as Errera, van Wambecke and van der Elst. Cesare Dell'Acqua is known for his works representing important historical events and Orientalism.
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