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    Sale 7605

    Old Master and 19th Century Drawings

    8 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 92

    Circle of Nicolas Poussin (Les Andelys 1594-1665 Rome)

    Hercules bringing the pelt of the Nemean Lion to Eurystheus

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    Circle of Nicolas Poussin (Les Andelys 1594-1665 Rome)
    Hercules bringing the pelt of the Nemean Lion to Eurystheus
    black chalk, pen and brown ink, grey wash, heightened with white, on buff paper, pen and brown ink framing lines
    8 x 17 in. (202 x 430 mm.)


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    A study by a member of Poussin's workshop for a grisaille intended to decorate the Grande Galerie of the Louvre. This decoration was the most important commission Poussin received from King Louis XIII while he was in Paris between 1640 and 1642. The artist never finished the work and what had been realized was eventually destroyed during the 18th Century. On the vault Poussin had intended to represent episodes from the Life of Hercules.
    Two drawings of the same composition but with minor differences are in the Louvre (inv. nos. 32462 and R.F. 112) (P. Rosenberg and L.-A. Prat, op. cit., nos. A30-1).

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    Provenance

    Mrs Macfadyean, London, 1963.
    with Artemis, London, 1979, no. 16.
    Private collection, England.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DECEASED ESTATE (LOT 92)


    Literature

    A. Blunt, The drawings of Nicolas Poussin. A catalogue raisonné, IV, London, 1963, no. A89, pl. 191.
    N. and A. Henderson, 'Nouvelles recherches sur la décoration de Poussin pour la Grande Galerie', La Revue du Louvre et des Musées de France, 1977, no. 4, p. 233.
    P. Rosenberg and L.-A. Prat, Nicolas Poussin 1594-1665. Catalogue raisonné des dessins, II, Milan, 1964, p. 750, no. A29.