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Stefano della Bella (1610-1663)
Stefano della Bella (1610-1663)

A huntsman and two hounds overtaking a stag with a subsidiary study of a the huntsman's head (recto); A partial tracing of the composition (verso)

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Stefano della Bella (1610-1663)
A huntsman and two hounds overtaking a stag with a subsidiary study of a the huntsman's head (recto); A partial tracing of the composition (verso)
with inscription 'malguste' and numbered '20' twice
black chalk, pen and brown ink , grey wash (recto), watermark crowned three circles MS cross crown
145 x 235 mm.
Provenance
Aignan-Thomas Desfriches, according to an inscription on the verso.

Lot Essay

Connected with the series of nine etchings depicting hunting scenes, Les Chasses à différents animaux, dated 1654 (DeVesme 732-740). Like most of these studies, this sheet was probably executed in Florence in the early 1650s after della Bella's return from a decade spent in Paris in the service of the Medici ambassador to the court of King Louis XIII. Other preparatory drawings are in the Louvre, F. Viatte, Inventaire Général des Dessins Italiens, Dessins de Stefano della Bella 1610-1664, II, Paris, 1974, pp. 201-4, nos. 333-338; in the Biblioteca Marucelliana, Florence, Vol D., nos. 27 and 101; at Windsor Castle, A. Blunt, The drawings of Castiglione & Stefano della Bella...at Windsor Castle, London, 1954, p. 96, nos. 66-67; in the Albertina, V. Birke and J. Kertész, Die Italienischen Zeichnungen der Albertina, Munich, 1992, I, nos. 955-956, illustrated; and in the Suida-Manning Collection, now in the Jack S. Blanton Museum at the University of Texas at Austin.
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