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    Sale 7605

    Old Master and 19th Century Drawings

    8 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 13

    Andrea Boscoli (Florence 1560-1607)

    A battle scene with soldiers assaulting a city and a study of a frieze (recto); Studies of a doorway with an elaborate lunette and a lunette with the arms of Pope Leo XI de'Medici supported by putti and flanked by the Virgin and Saint Agatha (verso)

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    Andrea Boscoli (Florence 1560-1607)
    A battle scene with soldiers assaulting a city and a study of a frieze (recto); Studies of a doorway with an elaborate lunette and a lunette with the arms of Pope Leo XI de'Medici supported by putti and flanked by the Virgin and Saint Agatha (verso)
    with number '66' and inscription 'Andrea Boscoli Fio'
    black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash
    7½ x 10 7/8 in. (190 x 276 mm.)


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    The inscription 'Jerom' on the present sheet is found in the same hand on the verso of a number of drawings, including a pen and wash drawing by Pirro Ligorio of The Virgin and Child with the Infant Baptist and Saint Elizabeth in the British Museum. This inscripion has been associated with Nicholas Lanier's uncle Jerome who was an active collector of drawings in the period before his death in 1657. The elder Richardson claimed that foreign drawings were brought to England by 'les deux Frères Laniers' almost certainly meaning Nicholas and Jerome whom he had mistaken for brothers (J. Wood, 'Nicholas Lanier', Collecting prints and drawings in Europe, c. 1500-1750, Aldershot, 2003, p. 96-7).

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    Provenance

    Possibly Jerome Lanier (cf. L. 2885), with associated inscription 'Jerom' (verso).
    J. Schumann (L. 2344).
    B. Delany (L. 350).