An Italian Girl with Doves
Raffaello Sorbi (Florence 1844 – Florence 1931)
Art / Oil paintings
1866 (signed and dated)
Oil on canvas
890 x 700 mm; 1200 mm (Height); 1001 mm (Width)
Place of origin
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Cragside, Northumberland (Accredited Museum)
On show at
This picture was purchased by William George Armstrong, 1st Lord Armstrong of Cragside (1810–1900) for 40 guineas in 1869. Many of the paintings he acquired were sold at auction in 1910, making this a rare survival from Armstrong's collection at Cragside.
Oil painting on canvas, An Italian Girl with Doves, by Raffaello Sorbi (Florence 1844 – Florence 1931), signed and dated 1866. A painting of a young woman, wearing medieval costume with roses in her hair, caressing two doves on a parapet, draped with a gold cloth.
Purchased by Sir William George Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong of Cragside (1810-1900), in 1869 for 40 guineas; thence by descent; transferred by the Treasury to The National Trust in 1977 via the National Land Fund, aided by 3rd Baron Armstrong of Bamburgh and Cragside (1919 - 1987).
Cragside, The Armstrong Collection (acquired through the National Land Fund and transferred to the National Trust in 1977)
Marks and inscriptions
On a feigned inscription on the stone, bottom left: Raf. Sorbi / 1866
Makers and roles
Raffaello Sorbi (Florence 1844 – Florence 1931), artist