London, South Kensington
12 December 2003
Bartolomeo Nazzari (Clusone 1699-1758 Milan)
Portrait of an ecclesiastic, bust-length, in a cartouche; and Portrait of an ecclesiastic, bust-length, holding his hand to his chest, in a cartouche
black and white chalk on blue paper
11½ x 8½ in. (291 x 215 mm.) and 12 1/8 x 9 in. (307 x 229 mm.) (2)
Probably Comtessa Rosa Piatti-Lochis.
F. Asta (L. 116a).
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J. Byam Shaw, The Italian Drawings of the Frits Lugt Collection, Paris, 1983, under no. 293.
This pair of drawings was previously in an album with about forty portraits by Nazzari belonging to the Comtessa Rosa Piatti-Lochis. The Venetian dealer Ferruccio Asta bought the album and, having dismembered it, sold some of these drawings to Janos Scholz.
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