Hubert Robert

Hubert Robert (1733–1808)
Terrace in an Italian Garden
c. 1760
Red chalk
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Princes Gate Bequest, 1978

Robert is known for his large red-chalk landscape drawings conceived as independent works. This view of an overgrown garden, populated by classical statuary and a pair of laundresses with a child, was long attributed to Robert's contemporary Jean-Honoré Fragonard; in the early 1760s both artists worked side by side in the environs of Rome.