This pair of paintings depicts village fairs in an Italianate landscape. A crowd of people is having fun at the fair. The Golden light of the Italian sun gives the villages a marvellous glow. The pair of pictures was painted by Franz de Paula Ferg.
Franz de Paula Ferg was an Austrian painter, born in Vienna where he got his initial training. He left for Germany in 1718 and settles for some time in Dresden. He soon gained a great reputation for small landscapes and sea-pieces with figures, and for fairs and peasant scenes in the style of Dutch seventeenth century masters like Ostade, Berchem, and Poelenburg. These were executed, often on copper, with great care and industry, well-coloured and exquisitely finished.
He eventually settled in London. Although he found plenty of employment there, he drifted into depressed circumstances. He died in 1740. His works can be found frequently in British private collections and in museums all over the world. He often made pairs of pictures as can be found in old auction catalogues. Its is rare to see a pair still together.
the first signed lower left on the rock: Fr Ferg fe
the second signed lower centre: Fr. Ferg fe