• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 5860

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours

    11 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 301

    Francesco Cairo (Milan 1598-1674)

    An allegory of Victory

    Price Realised  


    Francesco Cairo (Milan 1598-1674)
    An allegory of Victory
    with inscription '...Cairo.' and with number '3'
    pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white, inscribed as an octagon with brush, brown wash and white bodycolour indicating the direction of the light, on blue-grey paper, unframed
    10 5/8 x 8 1/8 in. (27.1 x 20.6 cm.)

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    Although there is no record of Francesco Cairo having painted a related composition, the present drawing, which seems to be a design for a ceiling fresco or panel, is stylistically extremely close to the few drawings known by the artist.

    We are grateful to Professor Giulio Bora for his assistance in preparing this catalogue note.

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    G. Vallardi (L. 1223), with associated inventory number in red chalk 'G772' (on the verso).