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Bartholomeus Breenbergh (1599-1657)

A Roman Aquaduct between Frascati and Rome

signed and dated 'BB [interlaced] f 1640' (recto) and with inscription 'condotta nella via di Frascati' (verso); black chalk, brown wash heightened with white (oxidized), the outlines incised, the verso partly rubbed with brown chalk, grey ink framing lines
99 x 63 mm.

Lot Essay

A version of this drawing is at Amsterdam, M. Roethlisberger, Bartholomäus Breenbergh, Handzeichnungen, Berlin, 1969, no. 124, illustrated. Professor Roethlisberger does not accept the present drawing as authograph. However the incising and the near identical size of the print would suggest that this, rather than the Amsterdam sheet, is a preparatory study for the etching
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