GALLERIES/Moretti Fine Art
Paul Delaroche (1797 - 1856)
Execution of Lady Jane Grey (preparatory sketch), c. 1833
Oil on canvas
32.5 × 24.5 cm. (12 ⅔ × 9 ⅝ in.)
The Galleria Moretti was founded in 1999 in Florence by Fabrizio Moretti. It opened to the public and private collectors with the inaugural exhibition From Bernardo Daddi to Giorgio Vasari and immediately distinguished itself with its specialization in Italian old masters paintings.
Moretti Fine Art opened in London in 2005 and it became a point of reference for collectors who seek a confidential and discreet approach. In 2022, the gallery moved in the new building in Duke Street, St. James's, in the nucleus of the London and international art market.
The execution of Lady Jane Grey by Paul Delaroche. A preparatory oil sketch rediscovered
Delaroche's preparatory studies are remarkable in their quality, and, while a high proportion of them are portraits on paper, a relatively small number are oil sketches that captured an individual's appearance with rare insight and served as preliminary studies for paintings, making it possible to trace the development of his compositions. In the case of Jane Grey, this exquisite oil sketch is singular in its existence as the only preparatory oil sketch known for the painting. Furthermore, it clearly records the preliminary stages of the realisation of the great composition, expressing Delaroche's concern with the pose of the figure of the Executioner. It is in this respect that the present oil sketch can be seen to play a significant role in the final stages of Delaroche's work on Jane Grey. It becomes clear that this is the preparatory sketch in which he intensely scrutinised the body of the victim, which is thus simply expelled from the scene.