Antoine Drury (French, 1819-1896) oil on canvas trompe l'oeil still life titled "Trompe L'Oeil, Liverpool," depicting two dead pheasants hanging against a wood-paneled wall with the stenciled word "Liverpo" (Liverpool, partially visible) upper left, next to a trompe l'oeil image of a tag reading "Mr. C.A. McDowell, Sundridge House, Oxford" (likely the patron for whom the painting was originally created). Signed lower left on a trome l'oeil image of a second tag, "Tony Dury 28 Church St. Liverpool." Labels en verso with title and conservation summary. 29"H x 21"W sight, 36"H x 28"W in molded giltwood frame. Note: Label en verso details the following biographical information for Antoine (Tony) Dury from Benezit: "Born in Lyon, France, 1819. Studied with Bonnefond & Picot at the Beaux Arts Schools of Lyon (1831-34) and Paris (1836). Exhibited in Paris from 1844-1848. In 1878, he resided in Warwick, England." Circa 1870. Provenance: Nashville, TN estate, ex-Sotheby's, July 8, 1999, lot 420. Provenance: a Nashville, Tennessee estate. CONDITION: Painting in very good restored condition. Label en verso details conservation in 1976 at Berger Art Conservation, New York: Double fiberglass lining with Beva 371, Varnish: MS2A, Vinyl spray, B-67. A few light minor scratches lower left quadrant. 1 1/2" line of inpainting visible under UV light lower right quadrant, across bird's breast, and some infill painting upper left corner edge. A few other tiny possible areas of minor inpainting. Frame has some edge abrasions but is also in overall very good condition.
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