(Morges 1745 – Nantes 1810)
View of the solar obelisk at Villa Borghese
Watercolours on paper, cm 50 x 63
Born in Morges, in Switzerland, the son of a painter and picture dealer, Jacob Sablet (1720–1798), Jean-François Sablet first trained with his father.
In 1791 François left France to join Jacques in Rome where they stayed until February of 1793 when, just days after France declared war on Britain, Holland and Spain, the brothers were forced to leave Rome, along with the rest of the French community residing there. During this brief two year period François concentrated mainly on producing landscapes, and views of Roman ruins, several of which were later engraved by Francisco and Pietro Piranesi. He also made studies of the various local costumes of the Campagna.
Thanks to their delicacy, chromatism brightness, taste for small sizes and a kind of bourgeois intimism, the Sablet brothers belong to genre painters and portraitists current of the late XVIII century,