HERMANN DAVID SALOMON CORRODI
ON THE BANKS OF THE NILE
Signed and inscribed 'H. Corrodi Roma' bottom left, oil on canvas
29 1/4 x 17 5/8 (74.3 x 44.8cm)
Sotheby's, New York, sale of November 2, 2001, lot 43.
Acquired directly from the above sale.
Private Collection, Virginia.
Regarded as a highly accomplished 19th century Orientalist and landscape painter, Hermann David Salomon Corrodi was born in Frascati and travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and North Africa - including, as in the present work, Egypt. Many of these locales served as subject matter for his paintings. He studied at both the Accademia de San Luca in Rome, where he would later go on to teach, and in Paris. A friend of Queen Victoria's (1819-19101), Corrodi also received commissions for history paintings from the British royal family and Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941). He received a gold medal at the Vienna Universal exhibition in 1873, exhibited at the PAris Exposition Universelle in 1900. Corrodi particularly excelled in painting views along the Nile River, depicting the river and its environs bathed in a golden light, sometimes at sunset, other times at sunrise. He also painted views of Cairo, Jerusalem, the Pyramids, Karnak, Salerno, Naples and Rome.