• Old Master Prints auction at Christies

    Sale 7781

    Old Master Prints

    8 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 3

    After Andrea Mantegna (circa 1431-1506) by Andrea Andreani (1558/59-1629)

    The Triumph of Julius Caesar (B. 11. 1-9)

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    After Andrea Mantegna (circa 1431-1506) by Andrea Andreani (1558/59-1629)
    The Triumph of Julius Caesar (B. 11. 1-9)
    the complete set of nine chiaroscuro woodcuts and the rare frontispiece, circa 1598, on heavy laid paper without watermarks, fine to good impressions, printed from four blocks, seven plates and the frontispiece printed in black or dark brown, two shades of grey and mushroom, and two plates (B. 2 & 6) printed in black, grey and two shades of ochre, B. 3 with half of the separately printed pilaster at left, most plates printing sharply and with considerable gaufrage, generally trimmed to or just outside the borderlines, some plates with backed tears or smaller defects, B. 2 & 6 laid down, generally in good condition, framed
    B., S. 370 x 370 mm. (and similar) (10)

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    All but one of the present plates are still on William Roscoe's old mounts. The red crayon numbers on the reverse of the mounts seem to point to Philipe's sale in 1808, where Roscoe appears to have bought the prints. Blundell in turn probably purchased the prints in Roscoe's sale at Winstanley's in Liverpool, following his bankruptcy in 1816.

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    Sold by Thomas Philipe, London (with his presumed number 220/10 in red crayon on the mounts verso), in 1808 (to Roscoe).
    William Roscoe (1753-1831), Liverpool (cf. L. 2645); his sale, Winstanley, Liverpool, 9-20 September 1816, lot 1288 (£ 2.14.0 to Hesketh).
    Charles Robert Blundell (d. 1837), Ince Blundell, Lancashire.
    Bequeathed to Thomas Weld, then by descent to Colonel Sir Joseph Weld, O.B.E, T.D., Lulworth, Dorset; Christie's, London, 30 June 1976, lot 151.

    Saleroom Notice

    We are grateful to Nicholas Stogdon for pointing out that in the Roscoe sale in 1816, this lot was bought by Sir Thomas Hesketh, not by Blundell, who must have acquired that at a slightly later date.