Pink and grey ink
Pen and grey ink and watercolour, heightened with white, red and blue body colour, on cardboard; bears number in red chalk verso: 5.
Abraham-Louis-Rodolphe Ducros was a Swiss painter, born in Moudon, Switzerland, on 21 July 1748, (he died Lausanne, 18 Feb 1810). From 1769 to 1771 he studied in Geneva at the private academy of Nicolas Henri Joseph Fassin. After a journey to Flanders he returned to Geneva, where he sketched and painted in watercolours in the countryside and became fascinated by the analysis and recording of natural phenomena. In 1776 he travelled to Rome and in 1778 found employment as a specialist in topographical landscapes with Nicolas ten Hove, a Dutch antiquary who was embarking on a journey through southern Italy, Sicily and Malta. Among the watercolour drawings that Ducros produced on that expedition are the Temple of Hercules at Agrigento (Amsterdam, Rijksmus.) and a View of the Harbour at Pozzuoli near Naples (U. Manchester, Whitworth A.G.).