The Music Party

L. Rossica. 1850

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

In this typical music group, a woman dressed in an elegant white silk gown is seated at the harp; a second woman is seated at the piano; a man, standing, plays the violin; and another man, seated, plays the cello. The family spaniel looks on. The walls appear to be of gray stucco (?) with a classical frieze at the top. The floor is stenciled in a colorful circular pattern.

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  • Title: The Music Party
  • Creator: L. Rossi
  • Date Created: ca. 1850
  • Signed: Lower right, in black ink: C Obach; upper center, on mat, in old script: Rossi
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London; Christie's, London, July 17, 1979, lot 138 (illus.); Henri, Duc de Bordeaux, titular King Henri of France and Navarre (d.1883)
  • Inscribed: Lower right, on mat, in old script: hommage de l'auteur
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY - CHNDM, House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, August 12, 2008-January 25, 2009. New York, NY - The Pierpont Morgan Library, Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Victor Thaw, Part II, 1985, no. 72 (illus.).
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 50.2 x 39.7 x 2.5 cm (19 3/4 x 15 5/8 x 1 in.)Sheet: 30.8 x 23.6 cm (12 1/8 x 9 5/16 in.)
  • Bibliography: Gail S. Davidson et al., House Proud, Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection (New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2008), 70, fig. 61; 112, pl. 46.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor, white gouache, graphite on paper