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    Sale 7605

    Old Master and 19th Century Drawings

    8 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 127

    Buonaventura Genelli (Berlin 1798-1868 Weimar)

    Twelve illustrations for the works of Homer

    Price Realised  

    Buonaventura Genelli (Berlin 1798-1868 Weimar)
    Twelve illustrations for the works of Homer
    some inscribed with titles
    pen and brown ink on tracing paper, pen and brown ink framing lines
    5 7/8 x 9 3/8 in. (150 x 237 mm.) and smaller (12)


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    In 1837 Genelli was commissioned by the publishing house Cotta, original publisher for both Goethe and Schiller, to illustrate two editions of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. The present twelve drawings come from this series of 49 sheets and were drawn in preparation for the commission. The drawing for the frontispiece is in the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich (inv. no. 1965/45 ZG) (E. Nielsen, Bonaventura Genelli. Werk und Kunstauffassung. Ein Beitrag zur Kunst des Späten Klassizismus in Deutschland, Ph.D., Munich University, 2005, p. 282).

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