8 July 2003
Neapolitan School, early 18th Century
A nude, half-length, pointing down to the right (recto)
Two studies of drapery (verso)
black and white chalk
8 5/8 x 9¾ in. (218 x 247 mm.)
A. Maggiori (L. 3005b), his inscription 'Aless. Maggiori comprò a Roma nel 1806' (verso).
Anon. sale; Christie's, London, 26 March 1968, lot 126 (£36.15s, with lot 18 of the present sale).
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An attribution to Francesco Solimena was suggested by Philip Pouncey who related the drawing to an angel in The Virgin appearing to Saint Filippo Neri painted for the Church of the Girolamini in Naples (F. Bologna, Solimena, Naples, 1957, fig. 184).
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