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Circle of Annibale Carracci (Bologna 1560-1609)
FROM A GERMAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
Circle of Annibale Carracci (Bologna 1560-1609)

The Virgin reading to the Christ Child

Details
Circle of Annibale Carracci (Bologna 1560-1609)
The Virgin reading to the Christ Child
pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white (slightly oxidized) on light brown prepared paper, circular
7½ in. (19 cm.) (diam.)
Provenance
W. Mayor (L. 2799).
B. Himmelheber (L. 4035), and by descent to the present owner.
Literature
A catalogue of the collection of drawings by the Old Masters formed by the late W. Mayor, Esq., of Bayswater. London, 1875, p. 64, no 287 (as Ludovico Carracci).

Lot Essay

Another version of this drawing from the collections of Jonathan Richardson Sr. and Ed. Knight, was engraved by Conrad Metz (1745/49-1827) and published in Imitations of Ancient and Modern Drawings, second edition, 1798 (see, British Museum, London, inv. 1936,1105.16.1-139). The engraving is in reverse to the present drawing.

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