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JOHANN FRANZ ERMELS (REILKIRCH 1621/1641-1693 NUREMBERG)
JOHANN FRANZ ERMELS (REILKIRCH 1621/1641-1693 NUREMBERG)

View of the interior of the Colosseum, Rome

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JOHANN FRANZ ERMELS (REILKIRCH 1621/1641-1693 NUREMBERG)
View of the interior of the Colosseum, Rome
pen and brown ink, grey wash, pen and brown ink framing lines
9 ¾ x 7 ½ in. (24.5 x 18.5 cm)
Provenance
Johann Andreas Boerner (1785-1862), Nuremberg (L. 269); R. Weigel, Leipzig, 28 November 1864, lot 71.
possibly Curt Otto (circa 1880-1929); C.G. Boerner, Leipzig, 7 November 1929, part of lot 167 (‘ca. 35 Bl. Handzeichnungen meist älterer Meister Ermels’); where purchased for 1 guilder by
I.Q. van Regteren Altena (1899-1980), Amsterdam; by descent to his heirs; Christie’s, Amsterdam, 13 May 2015, lot 278.
Exhibited
Amsterdam, Koninklijk Oudheidkundig Genootschap, Hoe Hollandse teekenaars Rome zagen, 1500-1840, 1940 (without catalogue).

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The present drawing relates to an etching in the same direction, part of a series of nine plates depicting views of Roman ruins and monuments. An impression can be found at the British Museum (inv. S.6328; see F.W. Hollstein, German engravings, etchings and woodcuts c. 1400-1700, VIII, Amsterdam, 1968, nos. 6-14, ill.).

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