Queen Victoria in Nice, France
Watercolour; signed, inscribed 'Le Reine allant en promenade' and dated '98
12 x 8¼ inches
Phillips, 7/3/77, lot 83
Born in Santa Fe de Bogota, Mossa studied in Paris, where he was taught by Ingres and Cabanel. He exhibited at the Salon from 1866, painting over 6,000 watercolours of Nice. Meanwhile, he set up the municipal Ecole d'Art Decoratif at Nice with Chabel-Dussurgey, where he became a professor, then went on to found the Societe des Beaux-Arts at Nice before becoming Conservateur of the Musee des Beaux-Arts.
Queen Victoria stayed at Cimiez every March from 1895-99. On 25th April 1898, she explained in her journal that General Gebhardt, the Military Governor of Nice, was to have inspected the troops, but instead invited her to take the salute: 'He met us on horseback before we got to the Promenade, and with his Staff preceded us. Our carriage was drawn up near the Pier, facing the "Jardin Public." The troops, numbering about 2,000 marched past, General Caze commanding the Brigade riding by at their head ... It was a very pretty sight and the marching, very fast, as is always the custom of the French ... The day was splendid but the glare of the white road very trying to the eyes'.