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    Brian Sewell - Critic & Collector

    27 September 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 54

    Fernando Brambila (Italian 1763-1834)

    A Spaniard in a wide-brimmed hat and cape, wearing zapatillas (sandals), smoking

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    Fernando Brambila (Italian 1763-1834)
    A Spaniard in a wide-brimmed hat and cape, wearing zapatillas (sandals), smoking
    black chalk, pen and black ink, watercolour heightened with white, unframed
    10¼ x 7 5/8 in. (26.2 x 19.4 cm.)

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    This drawing comes from an album containing drawings by Brambila showing Spanish views and costume studies. The album was in the collection of Elizabeth, Lady Holland, who might have acquired it during a journey through Spain in 1805. It was dispersed in 1979 when the drawings were sold individually at Christie's, London (28 March 1979, lots 253-82).

    The Italian born Fernando Brambila, who was to become the professor of perspective at the Real Academia di San Fernando, Madrid, took part in the scientific expedition to Southern America (1789-1794) organised by Alex Malaspina. Brambila documented the journey in a number of drawings which are now in the Naval Museum in Madrid. After returning to Spain, the artist issued a series of lithographs of the sacked town of Saragossa which were published in 1808-09. Two plates from the series, Maria Augustin and El Tio Jorge are signed by Brambila and Juan Gálvez (1774-1847) with whom the artist collaborated. It has therefore been suggested Brambila also collaborated with Gálvez in the series of drawings which included the present drawing.

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    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Elizabeth, Lady Holland, part of an album, and possibly acquired in 1805, and bequeathed to
    Elizabeth, wife of the 8th Duke of Argyll, by descent to her daughter-in-law,
    Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll at Roseneath.
    The Lyons Trust; Christie's, London, 28 March 1979, lot 269, where bought by Brian Sewell.