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    Sale 7744

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art Day Sale

    8 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 116

    Marco Ricci (Belluno 1676-1730 Venice)

    An extensive view of a port with sailors unloading cargo on a quay

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    Marco Ricci (Belluno 1676-1730 Venice)
    An extensive view of a port with sailors unloading cargo on a quay
    black chalk, watercolour, bodycolour, on dark brown paper
    12¼ x 17 7/8 in. (31 x 45.4 cm.)

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    The inscription on the label attached to the backboard (which incorrectly reads Worcester rather that Gloucester), indicates that this and the next lot entered the collection of Henry, 5th Duke of Grafton, in 1844 at the death of his aunt Princess Sophia Mathilda, who in turn inherited them from her father, the Duke of Gloucester and brother of King George III. Consul Smith's collection contained 33 drawings by Marco Ricci which were all of the same size and technique as the present sheet. It is most likely that the King presented these two drawings to his brother, the Duke of Gloucester, shortly after he acquired the collection from Smith in 1762 (A. Scarpa Sonino, Marco Ricci, Milan, 1991, nos. 93-124).

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    (Probably) Consul Smith, Venice.
    (Probably) King George III, 1762, to his brother
    William Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1773-1844), and by descent to his daughter
    Princess Sophia Mathilda of Gloucester (1773-1844), by inheritance to her nephew
    Henry, 5th Duke of Grafton, December 1844 (according to a partly erroneous inscription 'By Marco Ricci Left by Sophia Mathilda Worcester to Henry Duke of Grafton Dec. 1844' on a label attached to the backboard).
    with The Connoisseur Inc., New York.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 28 January 2000, lot 36.