Master Works on Paper from Five Centuries

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Master Works on Paper from Five Centuries

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Master Works on Paper from Five Centuries
Auction: Wed 26 Jan 2022
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

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This second iteration of the new-format Master Works on Paper from Five Centuries sale – first held, with great success, in London last July – again presents a selection of exceptional drawings, watercolours and gouaches that together chart in fascinating ways the development of the art of drawing in Europe over the centuries, and the great variety of functions that this many-faceted art form served.

 

A key highlight is also one of the earliest drawings in the sale: the immensely refined and moving, rediscovered Head of a Young Woman Looking Down, drawn by the young Fra Bartolommeo in the late 1490s. Though clearly an image of the face of a real person, posed in the studio, this transcendent work was surely intended to serve as the model for a painted figure of the Madonna, highlighting the ambiguity of function to be found in many images of the human face (discussed in more detail in the small feature below).

 

Bookending the sale at the other end is another portrait, the charming study by Degas for his 1886 painting, Hélène Rouart in her Father’s Study, in the National Gallery, London. 

 

Returning to the earlier Italian schools, other highlights range from Lelio Orsi’s majestic modello for his lost 1544 wall painting decorating the clock tower in the central square of Reggio Emilia, through the brooding and enigmatic head study, in oil on paper, by Domenico Beccafumi, to Guercino’s astonishingly refined, grand self-portrait, brilliantly drawn in red and black chalks. 

Still in Italy, there is a group of six exceptional 18th-century drawings from the collection formed by the Duc de Talleyrand. These include three superbly animated studies by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and a spectacular, incredibly rapidly drawn, late study by Francesco Guardi, depicting the view from in front of the Basilica of San Marco, looking across towards San Giorgio Maggiore.

 

From the French-speaking world, the 18th century is represented by excellent works by Fragonard, Hubert Robert and Greuze, as well as one of the rare and very beautiful portrait drawings in red, black and white chalks, by the Swiss master of pastels, Jean-Etienne Liotard.  And from England, there are fine, representative landscapes by Turner, Constable and Girtin, and also another rare and powerful portrait drawing, by Joseph Wright of Derby.

A selection of Dutch, Flemish, German and later works round out this snapshot of the amazing range and variety of works of quality to found within the field of Works on Paper.

 

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Selected Lots

  • Jesters performing around a woman

    Erhard Schön
    Jesters performing around a woman

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  • Balaam and the Ass

    Hans Bol
    Balaam and the Ass

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  • The Good Samaritan

    Hans Bol
    The Good Samaritan

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  • Extensive mountainous landscape with a church on a rock, a mill and other farm buildings and figures

    Hans Bocksberger the Elder
    Extensive mountainous landscape with a church on a rock, a mill and other farm buildings and figures

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  • A lizard on a tree stump, another on the ground alongside, surrounded by insects and flowers

    German School, Second Half of the 16th Century
    A lizard on a tree stump, another on the ground alongside, surrounded by insects and flowers

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  • Hercules and Antaeus

    Circle of Maso Finiguerra
    Hercules and Antaeus

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  • Recto: River landscape with buildings and a bridge Verso: A Townscape

    Giulio Campagnola
    Recto: River landscape with buildings and a bridge Verso: A Townscape

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  • Head of a Young Woman, looking down to the left

    Baccio della Porta, called Fra Bartolommeo
    Head of a Young Woman, looking down to the left

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  • Four putti holding two flags and a helmet

    Nicolò dell' Abate
    Four putti holding two flags and a helmet

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  • Bacchanale

    Giulio Raibolini, called Giulio Francia
    Bacchanale

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  • Study of a female figure in armor, possibly Minerva

    Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, called Parmigianino
    Study of a female figure in armor, possibly Minerva

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  • Head of a young man looking to the left

    Domenico Beccafumi
    Head of a young man looking to the left

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  • A young shepherd seated on a tree trunk, three dogs beside him, figures beyond and houses in the background

    Giulio Campi
    A young shepherd seated on a tree trunk, three dogs beside him, figures beyond and houses in the background

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  • The Submission of the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa to Pope Alexander III

    Federico Zuccaro
    The Submission of the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa to Pope Alexander III

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  • Recto: Studies of two female figures, a walking figure below Verso: Two soldiers brandishing swords and daggers, a sketch of a third

    Cherubino Alberti
    Recto: Studies of two female figures, a walking figure below Verso: Two soldiers brandishing swords and daggers, a sketch of a third

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  • Study for a section of the decoration of a room with a vaulted ceiling, including the coat of arms of Pope Gregory XV (Ludovisi), and the wall below with indications of compartments with wainscoting

    Domenico Zampieri, called Domenichino
    Study for a section of the decoration of a room with a vaulted ceiling, including the coat of arms of Pope Gregory XV (Ludovisi), and the wall below with indications of compartments with wainscoting

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  • Apollo Driving the Chariot of the Sun

    Lelio Orsi
    Apollo Driving the Chariot of the Sun

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  • A male figure seen from behind, carrying a staff or fishing rod

    School of Lorraine, 17th Century
    A male figure seen from behind, carrying a staff or fishing rod

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  • A Youth favored by Fortune

    Pietro Testa
    A Youth favored by Fortune

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  • A Sibyl Reading

    Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino
    A Sibyl Reading

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  • Study of a man, seen from behind, his head turned to the left and arm outstretched

    Eustache Le Sueur
    Study of a man, seen from behind, his head turned to the left and arm outstretched

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  • Study for the figure of Saint John the Evangelist

    Carlo Maratti
    Study for the figure of Saint John the Evangelist

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  • Self-portrait, the head seen almost in profile

    Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called il Guercino
    Self-portrait, the head seen almost in profile

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  • A muse presenting Simonelli to Archimedes, seated at a table

    Pier Francesco Mola
    A muse presenting Simonelli to Archimedes, seated at a table

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  • The head of a man in profile, looking up

    Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino
    The head of a man in profile, looking up

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  • Portrait of Serafino Falzacappa, studying at a table

    Pier Leone Ghezzi
    Portrait of Serafino Falzacappa, studying at a table

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  • Recto: Study of a man kneeling, looking upwards, his hands joined in prayer Verso: Various subsidiary studies for the same figure

    Francesco Fontebasso
    Recto: Study of a man kneeling, looking upwards, his hands joined in prayer Verso: Various subsidiary studies for the same figure

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  • A study of a bearded man wearing armour and a plumed helmet, possibly for Mars or Argantes

    Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino
    A study of a bearded man wearing armour and a plumed helmet, possibly for Mars or Argantes

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  • Two Zephyrs carrying a vase

    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
    Two Zephyrs carrying a vase

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  • Study of two figures seen from below

    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
    Study of two figures seen from below

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  • Recto: View of the Piazzetta, Venice, looking towards S. Giorgio Maggiore Verso: Study for a Madonna and Child and an adoring Saint, by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid)

    Francesco Guardi
    Recto: View of the Piazzetta, Venice, looking towards S. Giorgio Maggiore Verso: Study for a Madonna and Child and an adoring Saint, by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid)

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  • Landscape with travelers by rustic buildings

    Marco Ricci
    Landscape with travelers by rustic buildings

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  • The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, kneeling and kissing the Christ's Child foot

    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
    The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, kneeling and kissing the Christ's Child foot

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  • Study of Heads

    Francesco Fontebasso
    Study of Heads

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  • The Baptism of Christ

    Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
    The Baptism of Christ

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  • A boy in profile, holding an apple

    Giovanni Battista Piazzetta
    A boy in profile, holding an apple

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  • Medea killing her children

    From the Master of the Giants Album
    Medea killing her children

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  • Recto: Hercules and Antaeus Verso: A male nude (St. Sebastian?) with his arms raised above his head, studied by onlookers

    From the Master of the Giants Album
    Recto: Hercules and Antaeus Verso: A male nude (St. Sebastian?) with his arms raised above his head, studied by onlookers

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  • A scene of witchcraft

    George Romney
    A scene of witchcraft

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  • Study of a lady, perhaps Lavinia de Irujo (1794 - after 1855)

    Henry Fuseli, R.A.
    Study of a lady, perhaps Lavinia de Irujo (1794 - after 1855)

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  • Study of a girl in a turban with pompom and frilled collar

    Joseph Wright of Derby, A.R.A.
    Study of a girl in a turban with pompom and frilled collar

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  • Portrait of Jacob Tronchin

    Jean-Étienne Liotard
    Portrait of Jacob Tronchin

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  • A Hermit praying in the ruins of a Roman temple

    Hubert Robert
    A Hermit praying in the ruins of a Roman temple

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  • Study of the head of a man, seen in profile, his mouth agape with an expression of anger

    Jean-Baptiste Greuze
    Study of the head of a man, seen in profile, his mouth agape with an expression of anger

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  • A woman with a baby and a child

    Domingos António de Sequeira
    A woman with a baby and a child

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  • An elaborate design for a wall elevation, including a door and a window, two niches with sculptures and half a dome with two different choices of decoration

    Edmé Bouchardon
    An elaborate design for a wall elevation, including a door and a window, two niches with sculptures and half a dome with two different choices of decoration

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  • A young woman leaning out of a window

    Jean Honoré Fragonard
    A young woman leaning out of a window

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  • An Allegory of Poetry

    Marie-Gabrielle Capet
    An Allegory of Poetry

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  • A pair of mythological scenes: A) Diana and Acteon; B) Venus and Adonis

    Louis de Boullogne the Younger
    A pair of mythological scenes: A) Diana and Acteon; B) Venus and Adonis

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  • Studies of hands

    French School, 18th Century
    Studies of hands

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  • The women artists offering their jewelry on the Altar of the Nation, 7 September 1789

    Guillaume Guillon, called Lethière
    The women artists offering their jewelry on the Altar of the Nation, 7 September 1789

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  • Portrait of a young page, probably Guan Anthony Sideron, servant of Willem V, Prince of Orange

    Hendrik Pothoven
    Portrait of a young page, probably Guan Anthony Sideron, servant of Willem V, Prince of Orange

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  • The horse market in Valkenburg

    Jan Josefsz van Goyen
    The horse market in Valkenburg

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  • A castle by a bridge

    Herman Saftleven
    A castle by a bridge

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  • Landscape with three figures looking towards a tower, a city on a hill behind

    Rembrandt School, 1640s
    Landscape with three figures looking towards a tower, a city on a hill behind

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  • Landscape with travelers on a rural path, others resting behind

    Adam Pynacker
    Landscape with travelers on a rural path, others resting behind

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  • River landscape

    Jan van Kessel
    River landscape

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  • Baslow on the Derwent

    John Constable, R.A.
    Baslow on the Derwent

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  • Above Lyme Regis, looking across Marshwood Vale, Dorset

    Thomas Girtin
    Above Lyme Regis, looking across Marshwood Vale, Dorset

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  • Palestine

    John Martin
    Palestine

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  • Postwick Grove, Norwich

    John Sell Cotman
    Postwick Grove, Norwich

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  • Beach Scene with boats and figures

    Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A.
    Beach Scene with boats and figures

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  • Fort of Ile Sainte Marguerite, Cannes

    Edward Lear
    Fort of Ile Sainte Marguerite, Cannes

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  • View of the Acropolis and the temple of Hephaistos, Athens

    Edward Lear
    View of the Acropolis and the temple of Hephaistos, Athens

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  • On the terrace

    Richard Parkes Bonington
    On the terrace

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  • Head and shoulders portrait of a young gentleman

    Antoine Chazal
    Head and shoulders portrait of a young gentleman

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  • Light and Shade

    William Henry Hunt
    Light and Shade

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  • An Inferior Mandarin of Turon Bay

    William Alexander
    An Inferior Mandarin of Turon Bay

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  • Study for a stained-glass window of Hope in the chapel of Notre-Dame de la Compassion-Saint-Ferdinand, Neuilly

    Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
    Study for a stained-glass window of Hope in the chapel of Notre-Dame de la Compassion-Saint-Ferdinand, Neuilly

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  • Recto: Feuille d'etudes avec une femme accoudee et un homme debout Verso: Feuille d'etudes avec un couple dans un paysage

    Honoré Daumier
    Recto: Feuille d'etudes avec une femme accoudee et un homme debout Verso: Feuille d'etudes avec un couple dans un paysage

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  • Jeune homme, vu de profil: copie d'apres

    Edgar Degas
    Jeune homme, vu de profil: copie d'apres "Les Funérailles de St. Bernardin" de Pinturicchio

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  • Mercury and Psyche

    Andrea Appiani
    Mercury and Psyche

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  • Femme s'appuyant à un fauteuil (A study for Hélène Rouart in her Father's Study)

    Edgar Degas
    Femme s'appuyant à un fauteuil (A study for Hélène Rouart in her Father's Study)

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  • View of St Mark's square from St Mark's church, with the church of St. Giminiano

    Luca Carlevarijs
    View of St Mark's square from St Mark's church, with the church of St. Giminiano

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