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    Sale 11787

    Old Master & British Drawings

    5 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 17

    Italian School, early 17th Century

    A pike (Esox lucius)

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    Estimate

    Italian School, early 17th Century
    A pike (Esox lucius)
    black chalk, watercolour
    6 3/8 x 15½ in. (16.1 x 39.4 cm.)


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    This drawing comes from one of the many albums from the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-1657), one of the most cultivated and scientifically curious Italian collectors and patrons of the 17th Century. Dal Pozzo, who was a friend of Galileo, had a great interest in archaeology, history and natural history. In order to record the richness of the natural world and human creativity he assembled a large number of albums of drawings for his so-called Museo Cartaceo (Paper Museum). Besides buying drawings for these albums, dal Pozzo also commissioned artists such as Jacopo Ligozzi (1547-1627) and Vincenzo Leonardi (1588-1657) to contribute to them. Almost all the drawings from the albums, however, are unsigned and the authorship of them usually remains anonymous. The present sheet may be compared to a drawing of a Left-eye Flounder (Family Bothidae), which shows a similar loose handling of the brush and is also from the Museo Cartaceo, now at the Royal Collection, Windsor (The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo, exhib. cat., The British Museum, London, 1993, no. 94).

    Provenance

    Cassiano dal Pozzo, by whom bound as part of an album, to his brother
    Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo, and to his son
    Gabriele dal Pozzo, and to his wife
    Anna Teresa Benzoni, with her wax seal on the third folio, and to her son
    Cosimo Antonio dal Pozzo on his majority, by whom sold in 1703 for 4000 scudi, with the remainder of his great-uncle's Museo Cartaceo, to
    Giovanni Alessandro Albani, Pope Clement XI, and to his nephew
    Cardinal Alessandro Albani, by whom sold in 1762 for 14,000 scudi, with more than 200 volumes from his library, to James Adam for King George III, with his mount and with framing lines by James Adam.