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    Sale 5979

    Old Master, 19th Century and British Drawings and Watercolours

    9 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 540

    Pietro Novelli, il Monrealese (Monreale 1603-1647 Palermo)

    Saints Francis and Clare interceding with the Madonna on behalf of a town (recto); Figure studies (verso)

    Price Realised  

    Pietro Novelli, il Monrealese (Monreale 1603-1647 Palermo)
    Saints Francis and Clare interceding with the Madonna on behalf of a town (recto); Figure studies (verso)
    with inscription 'AS'
    black chalk, pen and black ink, lower right corner made up
    10¾ x 8 in. (27.3 x 20.3 cm.)


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    Pietro Novelli, who came from a family of Sicilian painters, worked predominantly in and around Palermo, although in later life he also undertook commissions in Rome. This drawing was part of a group sold at Sotheby's, London, 28 March 1968, lots 108-17. The attribution of this group to Novelli, suggested before the sale, has since been unanimously confirmed.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 28 March 1968, lot 110, as 'Flemish School, circa 1600'.
    Anonymous sale; Piasa, 18 March 2005, lot 30.