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    Sale 5433

    Old Master & British Pictures & Old Master Drawings

    2 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 301

    Jacopo Negretti, Palma il Giovane (Venice 1544-1628)

    The Holy Family (recto); Half-length study of a man (verso)

    Price Realised  


    Jacopo Negretti, Palma il Giovane (Venice 1544-1628)
    The Holy Family (recto); Half-length study of a man (verso)
    black chalk
    5¼ x 6¼ in. (129 x 161 mm.)

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    Earl of Warwick (L. 2600).

    Pre-Lot Text


    Joe McCrindle's life was dedicated to publishing, travel and collecting. In many ways his interests were interconnected, and the items offered for sale by his executors reflect this. Born in New York, Joe first travelled to Europe as an infant, and he was always someone who seemed to be planning his next trip, until his extended illness prevented travel. Collecting antiquarian books as a child, he soon moved on to original illustrations by artists such as Cruikshank and Rowlandson. His great-grandfather, the American artist Henry Mosler, had formed a distinguished collection of Old Master paintings and drawings, as had Joe's grandmother, Edith Feder. Joe moved into the same field, acquiring paintings and drawings in the United States, London, Rome (where he kept a home for a period in the 1960s) and on his European travels. Other interests developed later, including 19th Century drawings and 20th Century British Art.

    As a publisher Joe will be best remembered as the editor (and major founder) of The Transatlantic Review, in which he promoted the best of short story writing, poetry and reviews from Europe and America. Writers featured including Muriel Spark, Harold Pinter and Phillip Roth. As a collector Joe was remarkably generous, with donations of major paintings to be found in many public collections, most notably the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the Princeton University Art Museum and the Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven. The majority of his UK estate will benefit the work of The Friends of Friendliness Churches.

    Andrew Martindale

    In 1991-1992, an exhibition, Old Master Drawings from the Collection of Joseph F. McCrindle, with a catalogue written by F.A. den Broeder, was shown at the Art Museum, Princeton University and then travelled to Champaign Urbana, Pittsburgh, Ann Arbor and Durham.