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Painting Title Hide and Seek
Ofl Title Cache-Cache
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Innocenti, Guglielmo (Italian artist, active 1872-1874)
Previously attributed to Innocenti, J.
Date 1873 (dated)
Signed yes
Description A couple play hide-and-seek with a little girl in an 18th century palace interior. Guglielmo Innocenti was an Italian painter active in Rome in the second half of the 19th century but not much is known about him. He was one of many painters specialising in rococo interior and garden scenes, focusing primarily on representations of people in the 18th century. Such historic genre scenes were very popular throughout Europe in the second half of the 19th century as contemporary bourgeoisie looked upon the 18th century aristocracy as their predecessors and tried to emulate their taste and elegance. Most known paintings by Innocenti are signed and dated around 1872-1874 and are mostly in private collections.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 188
Inscription front lr 'Innocenti, Roma 1873'
Subject figure; interior;
Measurements 33.7 x 26.7 cm
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by John Burton 1882.
Provenance Kerkhove 1873-1875.
Principal Exhibitions Salon de Gand 1874 : XXIXe exposition triennale Casino, Ghent, 1874, no. 41; Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Institution, Summer Exhibition, York, 1883, no. 91.
Publications Mireur, H., Dictionnaire des ventes d'art faites en France et l'étranger pendant les XVIIIme & XIXme siècles, vol. IV, p. 14 (1875. - KERKHOVE, - Cache-Cache: 1.200 francs.'); Howarth, E., Catalogue of Pictures in the Permanent Collection, York, 1907, cat. 93, p. 36 as 'Hide and Seek' by J. Innocent; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 103; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 296 as by J. Innocenti.

The painting has been so far referred to as by the unidentified J. Innocenti, probably the result of misinterpretation of the signature.

John Burton (1799-1882) was a horse dealer and farmer; he created a collection of paintings (mainly Victorian) in his villa in Poppleton, Yorkshire. He had been on the organising committees for the 1866 and 1879 exhibitions in York and decided to leave his collection to the citizens of York rather than his first choice, the National Gallery (he was persuaded to change his will a month prior to his death). The Burton Bequest of 127 pictures founded the York Gallery's permanent collection.

Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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