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    Sale 7605

    Old Master and 19th Century Drawings

    8 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 100

    Jean-Honoré Fragonard (Grasse 1732-1806 Paris)

    The interior of the Palazzo Marcellino Durazzo, Genoa

    Price Realised  

    Jean-Honoré Fragonard (Grasse 1732-1806 Paris)
    The interior of the Palazzo Marcellino Durazzo, Genoa
    with the Abbé de Saint-Non's inscription 'Palais Durazzo à Genes'
    black chalk counterproof, extensively reworked in black chalk by the artist, watermark encircled device
    11¼ x 8 1/8 in. (286 x 206 mm.)


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    The drawing from which this counterproof was made is in the British Museum (P. Rosenberg and B. Brejon de Lavergnée, Panopticon italiano: un diario di viaggio ritrovato 1759-61, Rome, 1986, p. 413, no. 323, pl. LII). Fragonard spent nearly three weeks in Genoa from 21 August to 10 September 1761. Palazzo Durazzo, later known as the Palazzo Reale, held an exceptional collection of paintings, including works by Veronese, Rubens, Van Dyck and Castiglione of which Fragonard also made drawings during his time in the city.

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