STEFANO DELLA BELLA (Florence 1610-1664)
View of the Belvedere from the Pitti Palace, Florence
pen and brown ink
418 x 512 in. (10.3 x 14 cm)
Charles Noel, 1st Earl of Gainsborough (1781-1866), part of an album; by descent to Lady Catherine Hamilton Noel (1829-1855).
James Carnegie (1827-1905), 9th Earl of Southesk, Master of Kinnaird Castle, Scottland.
with Arcade Gallery, London, 1946.
with Schaeffer Galleries, New York.
London, Arcade Gallery, Stefano della Bella. Exhibition of 60 of his Drawings, 1946, no. 1.
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As indicated by a stamp on the mount and by the distinctive ruled lines that frame the drawing, this sheet was part of the so-called Kinnaird Castle sketchbook – an album of drawings by Stefano della Bella assembled in the early 19th Century and later disbound and dispersed at auction in 1946. Now scattered among museums and private collections, the drawings include both single figure studies (for an example, see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. 2012.136.500), as well as more elaborate compositions (Minneapolis Institute of Art, inv. 2012.58.9).
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