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    Sale 7605

    Old Master and 19th Century Drawings

    8 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 91

    Israël Silvestre (Nancy 1621-1691 Paris)

    The Duomo and Campanile, Florence

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    Israël Silvestre (Nancy 1621-1691 Paris)
    The Duomo and Campanile, Florence
    black chalk, pen and grey ink, brown and grey wash, watermark device
    12¼ x 17 7/8 in. (310 x 454 mm.)

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    Silvestre was one year old when Stella drew the Duomo in Florence (see the preceding lot) and chose, about twenty years later, exactly the same viewpoint, though extending the view to the buildings surrounding the cathedral. The execution is very precise, and yet the Campanile is inaccurately shown as seemingly attached to the Duomo. The artist must have been aware of this as in the print published in 1661, based on this drawing (see supra), he decided to respect the exact topography.

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    The Earl of Abingdon; Sotheby's, London, 17 July 1935, part of lot 5.
    with Colnaghi, London, 1935 (Drawings of Rome and Italy... by Israël Silvestre, no. 9).
    Philip Hofer, Cambridge, Mass., according to J. Byam Shaw in 'Vier Ansichten von Florenz von Israel Silvestre'.
    John (K.S.) Hewitt.

    Pre-Lot Text



    H. Granville Fell, 'Drawings by Israel Silvestre 1621-1691', The Connoisseur, January 1936, p. 22, fig. 8.
    J. Byam Shaw, 'Vier Ansichten von Florenz von Israel Silvestre', Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, 1957-9, pp. 176-7, fig. 4.