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    Sale 5979

    Old Master, 19th Century and British Drawings and Watercolours

    9 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 525

    Attributed to Aurelio Lomi (Pisa 1556-1622)

    A theorbo-player by a balustrade, with a subsidiary study of his hands

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    Attributed to Aurelio Lomi (Pisa 1556-1622)
    A theorbo-player by a balustrade, with a subsidiary study of his hands
    black chalk, heightened with white, on prepared blue paper
    10½ x 13¾ in. (26.7 x 34.9 cm.), unframed


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    The son of the painter Giovanni Battista Lomi, and the half-brother of Orazio Gentileschi, Aurelio initially trained with his father before entering the workshop of Ludovico Cardi, il Cigoli. The present drawing is stylistically very similar to his work, particularly the Studies of youths pulling ropes sold in these Rooms, 11 December 1985, lot 190, although the present sheet is finer and more accomplished. Another comparable sheet of drawings by Lomi can be found in the Musée du Louvre (inv. RF 5306, F. Viatte, Musée du Louvre. Inventaire général des dessins italiens. III. Dessins toscans XVIe-XVIIIe siècles. I. 1560-1640, Paris, 1988, no. 268).

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 25 January 2002, lot 96.