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Stefano della Bella (Florence 1610-1664)
Stefano della Bella (Florence 1610-1664)

Head of an elephant (recto); Study of a hound's head (verso); and Two studies of an elephant's head in profile

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Stefano della Bella (Florence 1610-1664)
Head of an elephant (recto); Study of a hound's head (verso); and Two studies of an elephant's head in profile
black chalk, pen and brown ink, (1) corners clipped, (2) the left corners clipped
3 3/8 x 3¾ in. (8.7 x 9.7 cm.); and 3¼ x 3¾ in. (8.2 x 9.6 cm.)
two drawings laid down on one backing sheet
Provenance
Thomas Tomkins (1743-1816); his sale, held by Mr Royde at Mr Hickman's Gallery, 29 St James's St., London, 25-28 February 1818, part of lot 289, as 'An album of drawings by Stefano della Bella' (£32 10s to Hickman).
Robert Holford, and by descent to his son
George Holford; Sotheby's, London, 22 May 1928, lot 29B.
Anonymous sale ('Drawings by Stefano della Bella'); Christie's, London, 18 March 1975, lot 15.

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Lot Essay

The drawing of the single elephant's head may be connected in reverse with Stefano's Diversi Capricci, pl. 14 (de Vesme 143).

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