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    Sale 2237

    The Scholars Eye: Property from the Julius Held Collection Part I

    27 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 19

    Gustave Doré (Strasburg 1832-1883 Paris)

    A study of the Virgin (recto and verso)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Gustave Doré (Strasburg 1832-1883 Paris)
    A study of the Virgin (recto and verso)
    signed 'g doré'
    pencil, the lower left corner made up
    12¾ x 9½ in. (324 x 241 mm.); and Two men in Spanish dress (2); A battle scene with mountains in the distance (recto and verso) (3); A battle scene (4); Two soldiers in medieval dress falling over battlements (5); A caricature portrait of a man in profile (6), by the same hand
    6 (6)


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    Related to the artist's painting Christ leaving the Praetorium, one of a series of Biblical paintings he was under contract to make for the London dealers Fairless and Beeforth. It appears to be related to the figures of the Virgin supported by two women in the lower right quadrant of the painting. The painting, now at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, was first exhibited at the Doré Gallery on Bond Street in 1872.

    Provenance

    Luis A. Ferré, Ponce, Puerto Rico (1).


    Literature

    B. Jerrold, Life of Gustave Doré (with 138 illustrations from original drawings by Doré), London, 1891, p. 343.
    K. Farner, Gustave Doré: Der industrialisierte Romantiker, Dresden, 1963, II, no. 299 (1).


    Exhibited

    Williamstown, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and elsewhere, Master Drawings from the Collection of Ingrid and Julius S. Held, 1979, no. 46 (1).