8 July 2009
Francesco Furini (Florence 1603-1646)
Esther before Ahasuerus
with inscription 'di Francesco Furini' (on the border beneath the framing lines)
red chalk, red wash, pen and brown ink, pen and brown ink framing lines
5 3/8 x 7½ in. (13.6 x 19 cm.)
N. Hone (L. 2793).
H.S. Olivier (L. 1373).
J. Fryszman, Paris.
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C. Monbeig Goguel, in Un'altra bellezza: Francesco Furini, exhib. cat., Firenze, Palazzo Pitti, 2007-8, p. 75, fig. 15.
Although not connected to any known composition by the artist, this drawing appears characteristic of Furini's graphic work and is especially close to a study now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford for The Wise and Foolish Virgins (Monbeig Goguel, op. cit., p. 78, fig. 19).
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