"Jodocus Sebastiaen Van Den Abeele - View Of The Roman Countryside With Ancient Ruins"Jodocus Sebastiaen van den ABEELE Gand, 1797 - Gand, 1855 Watercolor Signed, located and dated lower center "Abeele / Roma / 1828" 17 cm x 25 cm (without frame) Provenance: André Delaroche-Vernet Collection (according to a handwritten inscription back) Trained at the academy of Ghent, he studied with David before going to Paris in 1818. He then left for Rome in 1823 where he worked with other Belgian artists such as Vervloet and Verstappen. He focused on the details of the city and countryside views and on the costumes in paintings but especially watercolors which he produced while frequenting the Bonapartes. He even became a drawing teacher of Louis Napoléon Bonaparte and he was the host of Villa Paolina with his mother Hortense from 1824 to 1830. Our watercolor dated "1828" and located in Rome "is part of this significant period of his lives and shows Abeele's great drawing qualities, her beautiful colors, which are always very delicate, as well as, of course, her choice for Roman subjects. We were unable to identify the ruin depicted, perhaps the remains of an ancient theater on the outskirts of Rome. This watercolor belonged to the collection of André Delaroche-Vernet (1869-1914) (grandson of Paul Delaroche and great grandson of Horace Vernet) according to a handwritten inscription carried on the back of the frame.