Lot 175
George Loring Brown (American, 1814-1889), Sunset, View of the Temple of Venus
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil on canvas, signed and dated at lower left, inscribed on the verso by the artist "Sun Set / View of the 'Temple of Venus' / (ruins) at 'Baia' near / Naples Italy / Geo. L. Brown / 1880," presented in the likely original gilt composition frame.

Sight size 21.25 x 35.5 in.; Frame dimensions 37 x 50.5 in.

From the Collection of James H. Craig and Randy S. Johnson, Sarasota, Florida

George Loring Brown was born in Boston, Massachusetts. After an apprenticeship and short career as a wood engraver, he left for Europe to learn to paint. He earned the nickname "Claude Brown" due to his penchant for copying the 17th century landscapes of Claude Lorraine. He returned to Boston in 1834, but continued traveling abroad to Italy, Germany and France for the rest of his life. His European landscapes are among the most romantic and accomplished of his paintings.

Works by George Loring Brown are in in numerous prominent public collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and more.

Stable craquelure; scattered re-touch visible under UV light; some loss to frame.

$2,000 - 4,000