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    Sale 5979

    Old Master, 19th Century and British Drawings and Watercolours

    9 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 587

    Jacob Esselens (Amsterdam 1626-1687)

    View of Le Balze di Volterra with the church of SS. Giusto e Clemente beyond

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    Jacob Esselens (Amsterdam 1626-1687)
    View of Le Balze di Volterra with the church of SS. Giusto e Clemente beyond
    pen and brown ink, pen and black ink framing lines, watermark foolscap
    7¾ x 11¼ in. (19.7 x 28.5 cm.)


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    The Balze di Volterra are a series of imposing crags near the town of Volterra in Italy, created by natural erosion. In the early 17th Century, a landslide on this site had destroyed the ancient church of S. Giusto in Botro and the church visible in Esselens's drawing is the present church of SS. Giusto e Clemente, built as a replacement. Construction on SS. Giusto e Clemente began in 1628 and, although it seems to have been relatively complete when Esselens visited the area, it was not consecrated until the 18th Century.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the correct estimate for this lot is £2,000-3,000, and not as stated in the catalogue.