5 December 2006
Milanese School, late 17th Century
Five children of the Visconti Family
black and red chalk, pen and grey ink, grey wash heightened with white, squared in black chalk, fragmentary watermark trefoil above four fingers
6¼ x 9 3/8 in. (160 x 241 mm.)
G. Vallardi (L. 1223), with associated numbering 'M130' in red chalk (verso).
Benno Geiger; Sotheby's, 7 December 1920, lot 129, as Benedetto Gennari (£2 to Meatyard).
Purchased from Meatyard, 16 December 1920.
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London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1925, no. 41.
London, Magnasco Society, Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Drawings, XVII-XVIII Century, 1927, no. 25.
The coat-of-arms at the head of the bed is that of the Visconti family: a boy issuing forth from the mouth of a crowned snake. The Visconti family were Milanese, as was Vallardi, who owned the drawing, which would suggest that the artist was probably from Lombardy.
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