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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 31

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

    Saint Francis Xavier holding a lily

    Price Realised  

    Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, Il Guercino (Cento 1591-1666 Bologna)
    Saint Francis Xavier holding a lily
    black chalk, heightened with white, on buff paper
    10¼ x 7¼ in. (262 x 184 mm.)


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    The attribution to Guercino was confirmed by Denis Mahon in a letter to the present owner dated 7 December 1970. The drawing was possibly made in preparation for a picture of Saint Francis Xavier. Mahon dates the drawing to circa 1653, the year that Guercino received the equivalent of 60 ducats from the Principe di Massa for a mezza figura di San Francesco Saverio. Upon its completion, the work was sent to Palermo but is now untraced (B. Ghelfi, Il libro dei conti del Guercino 1629-1666, Bologna, 1997, p. 162, no. 473).

    Provenance

    With T. Agnew and Sons, London.
    With C. Powney, London, 1969.