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    Sale 7744

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art Day Sale

    8 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 111

    Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, il Guercino (Cento 1591-1666 Bologna)

    Half-length study of a bearded man in a cap, seated with his elbow resting on a book

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    Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, il Guercino (Cento 1591-1666 Bologna)
    Half-length study of a bearded man in a cap, seated with his elbow resting on a book
    pen and brown ink, ink gall damage
    8½ x 6 7/8 in. (21.6 x 17.4 cm.)


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    Stylistically the present drawing is datable to the mid-1640s. In theme and composition it has many similarities to a drawing in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle (inv. 2597), which also shows a half-length, bearded man wearing a hat with his hands clasped under his chin (D. Mahon and N. Turner, The Drawings of Guercino in the collection of Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle, Cambridge, 1989, p. 133, no. 398).
    We are grateful to Nicholas Turner for confirming the attribution to Guercino after examining the drawing and for his assistance in the preparation of this catalogue note.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 21 June 1974, lot 190.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 22 June 1982, lot 474.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot should not be starred in the catalogue.