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Giovanni Francesco Barbieri called Guercino (1591 - 1666)
Young Man Seen in Half-Length Looking Over his Right Shoulder
Pen and brown ink
222 x 185 mm (8 3/4 x 7 1/4 in.)
Inscribed in pen and brown ink right corner: 2

Selected provenance : Guercino's studio, Bologna; Bought circa 1745 by John Bouverie; Purchased in 1922 by Dan Fellow Platt (1873-1938); Private Collection, Great-Britain

Our drawing is most probably a first study for the young man seen from the back in the picture Damon and Pythias today in the Confederazione Nazionale dei Coltivatori Diretti, Palazzo Rospigliosi, Rome. The execution of our drawing can be situated at the beginning of the 1630s. Guercino's studies in pen and ink executed at that time present identical stylistic characteristics as the texture "in fish filet".
Giovanni Battista Gaulli, called il Baciccio (1639 - 1709)
Portrait of Pope Alexander VIII
Black chalk, red chalk and white chalk
278 x 204 mm, 10 15/16 x 8 in.

Provenance: unknown collection (not listed in Lugt)

In addition to his major decorative projects, Baciccio enjoyed a brilliant career as a portraitist. He painted the Roman nobles and the ecclesiastical personalities including each of the seven popes who reigned from Alexander VII to Clement XI. Baciccio also executed drawn portraits in black chalk, red chalk, and white chalk. These drawings are very realists and were most probably used as model reference for the execution of the final portraits. We thank Mr. Francesco Petrucci for confirming the attribution of our drawing and for the information he has communicated to us.
Francesco Polazzo (1683 - 1753), attributed to
A Study of a Female Figure Cloaked in an Elaborate Drapery, her Left Arm Raised and Seen from Below
Black chalk, squared in black chalk, framing lines in pen and black ink
188 x 160 mm (7 3/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

Student of Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Francesco Polazzo painted altarpieces for Venetian churches and executed decorative works for important patrician families. Our drawing shows stylistic affinities with the graphic work of the artist and evokes the female figures painted by Polazzo in the Palazzo Zen between 1735 and 1737.
Giuseppe Bernardino Bison (1762 - 1844)
A Decorative Frieze
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, black chalk, framing lines in pen and brown ink
132 x 305 mm (5 1/4 x 12 in.)
Numbered in pen and brown ink lower right: 3257

Provenance: John Winter, United Kingdom

Italian vedute painter of the eighteenth century, Giuseppe Bernardino Bison was also an important decorative painter. He executed paintings for a great number of palaces and created stage designs for theatres and operas. The present drawing is characteristic of Bison’s architectural designs. The frieze of acanthus, the eagle, the putti, the bust in a medallion and the figure of a seated woman are typical elements of Bison’s architectural drawings.
NATHALIE MOTTE MASSELINK