Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (Lucca 1708-1787 Rome)
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Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (Lucca 1708-1787 Rome)

Studies of a child, standing and kneeling on one knee, and a further study of his left foot

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Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (Lucca 1708-1787 Rome)
Studies of a child, standing and kneeling on one knee, and a further study of his left foot

red chalk, squared in red chalk
5 3/8 x 7 7/8 in. (14.6 x 20.2 cm)
Provenance
From an album of drawings compiled in the eighteenth century.
Madame Veuve Galippe, 1923, part of lot 156 (an album of 170 drawings, as by Mengs).
Dr. Fritz Haussmann, Berlin.
Countess Finckenstein (according to an inscription on the mount).
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 4 July 1978, lot 61.

The present work is being offered for sale pursuant to an agreement between the consignor and the heir of Dr Fritz Haussmann. This resolves any dispute over ownership of the work and title will pass to the buyer.
Literature
A.M. Clark, Pompeo Batoni. A Complete Catalogue of his Works with an Introductory Text, Oxford, 1985, no. D 97.
E.P. Bowron, Pompeo Batoni. A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, New Haven and London, 2016, II, no. D 82.
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Lot Essay

A study for the two children at lower left in The Virgin and Child with Saint John Nepomuk, a painting datable circa 1743, in the Pinacoteca, Musei Vaticani, Vatican City (E.P. Bowron, Pompeo Batoni. A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, New Haven and London, 2016, I, no. 84, ill.). Edgar Peters Bowron has suggested that the 'finish and precision' of the painting means it served as a modello for the altarpiece in Santa Maria della Pace, Brescia (ibid., no. 85, ill.). A more detailed drawing of the standing boy, now holding the banner as in the painting, was sold at Farsettiarte, Prato, 21 November 2009, lot 284, and a study of Saint John Nepomuk is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie, Besançon (inv. D 1014; A.M. Clark, op. cit., no. D 35). The figure of the Christ Child is studied in a sheet which was, like the present one, formerly in the collection of the Countess Finckenstein (ibid., no. D 321).

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