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Lot 674Sunday 29 Nov, 2020 - 11.00am
Thomas Matthews Rooke (1842-1942) - Watercolour heightened with body colour and touches of gold - "The Last Judgment" after Fra Angelico (1395-1455), showing Paradise depicted as the Garden of Eden with Seraph Angels leading the souls of the righteous into the garden, 16ins x 21.5ins, unsigned but bearing artist's full name, title and inscription to verso, in modern gilt moulded frame and glazed
Note: Thomas Rooke was Burne Jones' studio assistant from 1868-1898, as well as working for Morris & Co. as a designer from 1879. Between 1879 and 1885 he was employed by John Ruskin to record threatened landscapes and buildings in Italy and it was probably during that period that this work was made. Fra Angelico's Last Judgment is tempera on panel and was originally in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Florence. This image is reproduced section to the left of the composition.
Provenance: Christie's London - Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art - 11th July 2018 - Lot 35. Giving previous Provenance of the artist and by descent to Mrs Celia Rooke, and with copy of Christie's catalogue.