31 January 2013
Jean-Honoré Fragonard (Grasse 1732-1806 Paris)
Angels making music, after Francesco Solimena
inscribed 'Du Solimena Eglise de St Paul a Naples'
black chalk, a reworked counterproof
10¾ x 6 5/8 in. (27.3 x 16.9 cm.)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's Parke Bernet, New York, 5-7 December 1974, lot 549.
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P. Rosenberg and B. Brejon de Lavergnée, Panopticon italiano: un diario di viaggio ritrovato, 1759-1761, Rome, 1986, p. 340, under no. 21.
Solimena's fresco is in the church of S. Paolo Maggiore, Naples. Fragonard's drawing from which this counterproof was taken is in the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena (Inv. A. 2628; Rosenberg and Brejon de Lavergnée, op. cit., p. 340, no. 21, illus.).
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