Italian School, Probably Parma, 16th Century
Sketch of an Interior with Niche Sculpture and Heraldic Lion Below
Partial inscription c.r., collector's stamp of Sir Joshua Reynolds (L.2364) and annotated "Lot 338" in red ink (L.3016a, see below) on the reverse.
Brown ink and wash on paper, 8 3/8 x 4 3/4 in. (21.1 x 12.2 cm), framed.
Condition: Trimmed, hinged to back mat along the left edge on the reverse, mended tears, rippling, staining, water-spotting, surface abrasions.
N.B. The lot number in red ink is described in Lugt (L. 3016a) as belonging to Italian drawings from the collection of Sir Joshua Reynolds that were sold at auction in London in 1798. The auction was a multi-day event held March 5-26, 1798, by Mr. H. Phillips (Phillips Son & Neale). Lot 338 is listed as a group of twenty-five drawings, offered on Thursday, March 8, 1798, and it appears on p. 17 of the printed catalog. (1) It has been suggested that the sculptural figure holding a mirror may personify Prudence, one of the four cardinal virtues.
There are various attributions in different hands on old labels now affixed to the frame backing paper, including Giovanni da Udine (Italian, 1487-1564), Parmigiano, School of Raphael, and, on a Luis Antoville, New York, label, Pieter Rijsbraeck, Flemish 1655-1729.
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