Omen of the future Greatness of Augustus
engraving, circa 1536-74, on laid paper, watermark Trimount in Quatrefoil (similar to Briquet 11915), a fine impression, printing with strong horizontal wiping marks across the entire subject
Sheet 202 x 267 mm.
Fürst zu Fürstenberg, Donaueschingen, Germany (see Lugt 995); by repute and without mark.
Sotheby's, London, 9 December 1982, lot 518 (£418).
Eric G. Stanley (1923-2018), Oxford; acquired at the above sale (through Artemis Fine Arts, London).
Bartsch XV.155.174
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The present impression shows the same, very pronounced wiping marks as the Cumberland impression (inv. no. H,6.2) in the British Museum, London.
The engraving is related to a drawing by Giulio Romano in the Royal Collection, Windsor (inv. no. 990308), which however only shows the right half of the subject. The drawing is a study for a lost panel painted by Giulio's workshop for the Camerino dei Cesari in the Palazzo Ducale, Mantua.
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