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    Sale 2134

    Old Master and 19th Century Drawings

    29 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 26

    Benjamin West, P.R.A. (Pennsylvania 1738-1820 London)

    A kneeling woman supported by an angel with the Risen Christ, after Guercino

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    Benjamin West, P.R.A. (Pennsylvania 1738-1820 London)
    A kneeling woman supported by an angel with the Risen Christ, after Guercino
    signed or inscribed 'B West'
    black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, with an inch wide strip added by the artist along the lower edge
    10 7/8 x 12 1/8 in. (276 x 308 mm.)


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    After the upper half of Guercino's black chalk compositional drawing for The burial and reception into Heaven of Saint Petronilla (fig. 1) now at Windsor (D. Mahon and N. Turner, The drawings of Guercino in the collection of her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle, Cambridge, 1989, p. 12, no. 23). West would no doubt have had opportunities to make copies of Guercino drawings in the Royal Collection in his capacity as Painter to the King, and his earlier style as a draughtsman reflects this. Guercino's altarpiece, originally for St. Peter's, Rome, is now in the Pinacoteca Capitolina, Rome (L. Salerno, I dipinti del Guercino, Rome, 1988, pp. 174-6, no. 92).