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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 19

    Giulio Cesare Procaccini (Bologna 1570-1625 Milan)

    A sheet of studies of standing, seated and reclining figures and the Madonna and Child seated (recto), Saint Margaret and other figures (verso)

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    Giulio Cesare Procaccini (Bologna 1570-1625 Milan)
    A sheet of studies of standing, seated and reclining figures and the Madonna and Child seated (recto), Saint Margaret and other figures (verso)
    inscribed 'Pro no' and with inscription '63'
    pen and brown ink, brown wash
    13¾ x 9 in. (351 x 230 mm.)


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    Nancy Ward Neilson relates this sheet to a group of drawings of similar dimensions with similar inscriptions which suggests a shared early provenance (Ward Neilson 1979, op. cit. pp. 280-81). A drawing by Procaccini at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (Ward Neilson 1979 op. cit., pls. 48 and 49) and one sold at Christie's, London, 23 February 1951 are both numbered '64' in black chalk, in the same handwriting as the '63' on the present sheet. The drawing sold at Christie's in 1951 and another one in the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (Ward Neilson 1979 op. cit, pls. 44b and 45a) are both inscribed 'Pro No' like the present sheet. The drawing in Budapest is a study for The Last Supper in SS. Annunziata in Genoa, painted circa 1620 which perhaps suggests a date for the present drawing. The figures do not appear to relate to any paintings by the artist.

    Provenance

    B. Delany (L. 350).
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 11 April 1978, lot 34, where acquired by the present owner.


    Literature

    N. Ward Neilson, 'By and about Giulio Cesare Procaccini' in Master Drawings, XVIII, no. 3, 1979, pp. 280, 283, nt. 19, figs. 47a and 47b.
    N. Ward Neilson, Giulio Cesare Procaccini: disegnatore, Busto Arsizio, 2004, no. 26, p. 46, figs. 91 and 92.