Interior of the Louvre: The Salon Carre

Artist

Enrico Meneghelli (Italian 1853–after 1910)

Date

about 1880

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

16 × 20 in. (40.6 × 50.8 cm)

Inscription

Inscribed lower right: ” E. Meneghelli”

Credit Line

Athenæum purchase, Susan Morse Hilles Fund for Art Acquisition, 2016

Object Number

UR372

A Boston Street Scene (Berkeley and Newbury Streets)

Artist

Enrico Meneghelli (Italian 1853–after 1910)

Date

1876

Medium

Oil on artists’ board

Dimensions

Other: 30.5 × 22.9 cm (12 × 9 in.)

Inscription

Vose Galleries, Boston, label on reverse, inventory no. 33823. Paper label on reverse: “E. Meneghelli 1876 / LBW from LBH 1948 / from Great-Grandpa [Sutter (crossed out)] Hatch

Credit Line

Athenæum purchase, Stanton Loring Fund for Art Acquisition, 2014

Object Number

UR356

Five O’Clock in the Public Garden

Artist

Enrico Meneghelli (Italian 1853–after 1910)

Date

about 1878

Medium

Oil on artist’s board

Dimensions

9 × 12 in. (22.9 × 30.5 cm)

Inscription

On the back of the artist’s board, partially cut off: [A stamp on the edge of the board] N TINGD BY NEY & Co. _9 OXFORD ST. [LOND?]ON

Credit Line

Gift of Jack Grinold, 2014

Object Number

UR352

Picture Galleries, the Museum of Fine Arts, at Copley Square

Artist

Enrico Meneghelli (Italian 1853–after 1910)

Date

n.d.

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

Other: 40.6 x 30.5 cm (16 x 12 in.)

Credit Line

Athenæum purchase, Susan Morse Hilles Fund for Art Acquisition, 2013

Object Number

UR345

Berkeley Street, Boston

Artist

Enrico Meneghelli (Italian 1853–after 1910)

Date

1876

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

11 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (29.8 x 22.2 cm)

Description
This is the sixth painting by Meneghelli with an identifiable Boston setting to enter the Athenæum’s collection. The view is in Boston’s Back Bay, looking south on Berkeley Street from the corner of Commonwealth Avenue. The Church of the Covenant (1865–1867) and the former Museum of Natural History (1862; now Restoration Hardware) are visible at right.
Credit Line

Athenæum purchase, 2011

Object Number

UR334

Italian Landscape

Artist

Enrico Meneghelli (Italian 1853–after 1910)

Date

n.d.

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

13 x 25 1/4 in. (33 x 64.1 cm)

Description
The location of this scene is not known. In fact, it may be a composed landscape, that is, one constructed of elements—trees, hills, figures—that the artist had observed, sketched, or remembered from different places that he had visited. Once he came to America in about 1876, Meneghelli appears to have become best known as a painter of interiors and cityscapes; the discovery and recent acquisition by the Athenæum of this landscape has broadened our sense of his oeuvre.
Credit Line

Athenæum purchase, 2010

Object Number

UR329

Studio Interior

Artist

Enrico Meneghelli (Italian 1853–after 1910)

Date

1879

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

14 x 9 3/4 in. (35.6 x 24.8 cm)

Description
Enrico Meneghelli came to America from his native Italy in about 1876. He lived and worked, first in Boston and then, from around 1881, in New York. He exhibited his work in both cities and had a modest success as a painter of interiors, scenes of everyday life, and cityscapes. In 1879, when this painting was executed, Meneghelli was living in a Boston boarding house where his fellow residents included other artists. This painting could certainly represent one of their studios or perhaps Meneghelli’s own. When Studio Interior was acquired by the Athenæum, it brought this assigned title with it. But the painting’s subject and date of execution suggest that it could be identical to an otherwise unidentified painting by Meneghelli titled Finishing the Artist’s Work, which was exhibited at the Boston Art Club in 1880. If that attribution is correct, Meneghelli may here be punning on his own participation in “finishing” the painting-within-the-painting by painting his own canvas—this painting—himself.
Inscription

Inscribed lower left: “E. Meneghelli 1879”

Credit Line

Athenæum purchase in honor of Rodney Armstrong, 2008

Object Number

UR320