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    Sale 11787

    Old Master & British Drawings

    5 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 27

    Francesco Guardi (Venice 1712-1793)

    A hunting party in a wood

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    Francesco Guardi (Venice 1712-1793)
    A hunting party in a wood
    traces of black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, watermark three crescents (close to Heawood 874, Venice, datable 1783) and countermark fleur-de-lis with letter W
    17 7/8 x 25 1/8 in. (45.5 x 64 cm.)

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    This is one of the largest and most impressive drawings by Guardi to appear on the market in recent memory. The setting possibly relates to Guardi’s ancestral home in the Val de Sole, the mountainous region near Trento. In 1778 Guardi returned to the region for the first time since his youth and the rural area seems to have infused his later works, such as the present lot. Morassi generally dates these types of compositions with their fluid wash of varying tonalities to late in Guardi’s career (Morassi, op. cit., 1975, p. 157). He relates the composition to a painting in the Musée de Picardie in Amiens (Morassi, op. cit., 1973, no. 1000), and notes another drawing of similar composition, formerly in the Crespi collection (Morassi, op. cit., 1975, no. 438). The painting has a squarer format (44 x 53 cm.), but the configuration of trees in the left side of the drawing is similar to that in the painting, as is the clearing in the foreground where most of the hunters and their prey are scattered.

    This drawing also has a storied provenance, most recently coming from the collection of the horsee breeder John R. Gaines (1928-2005) who amassed one of the most impressive collections of works on paper in the U.S. during the second half of the 20th Century. Prior to that, the drawing was in the collection of John Goelet who donated much of his collection to Harvard, and who was the founder of the Clos de Val winery in Napa Valley, California.

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    Adrien Fauchier-Magnan, Paris.
    Anonymous sale; Paris, Palais Galliera, 16 June 1966, lot 1, and again 16 March 1967, lot 6.
    with Colnaghi, London.
    John Goelet.
    John R. Gaines, Kentucky; Sotheby’s, New York, 17 November 1986, lot 24, where acquired by the present owner.


    M. Goering, Francesco Guardi, Vienna, 1944, pp. 32, 79, no. 41, ill.
    J. Byam Shaw, The drawings of Francesco Guardi, London, 1951, p. 77, under no. 70.
    A. Morassi, Guardi, Venice, 1973, p. 495, under no. 1000.
    A. Morassi, Guardi: Tutti I disegni, Venice, 1975, p. 157, no. 437, fig. 440.
    A Morassi, Guardi. I disegni, Venice, 1984, p. 157, no. 437, fig. 440.
    I. Artemieva, in Francesco Guardi 1712-1793, exhib. cat., Venice, Museo Correr, 2012-13, p. 173, under no. 50.


    London, Colnaghi, Old Master Drawings, June 1967, no. 64.