A fine unsigned pencil sketch , in the manner of / attributed by early inscription to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610)

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18,000.00

An unsigned pencil sketch , in the manner of / attributed by early inscription to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610) 23 x 17 cm . The attribution is reliable , plus the provenance is strong , from the recorded Victorian collector and expert / academic ; Dr. William Frazer 1824-1899 . The item will be supplied with a Maltese Fiscal receipt /  invoice with the following description ; ”An unsigned pencil sketch , in the manner of / attributed by early inscription to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610).”

 

notes ;

collector Frazer’s  link at British Museum;

collector Frazer’s  link at Fitzwilliam museum;

comments;

-recent provenance ; sourced from a large , well curated , carefully assembled / chosen , specialist private collection of Old Master drawings amongst other things , in England , [ not from a trader / dealer ]

-the larger than scale hands are characteristic of other Caravaggio foreshortened arms / hands. The right nipple has same treatment as Cruxifiction of St.Peter 1601 . Fists have similarities to David with Goliath 1607 Vienna  [ as does shoulder area ]

-the anatomy is well observed and portrayed , with characteristic skilful preparation for chiaroscuro .

-the sepia ink inscription straddles the sketch and the paper on which the sketch is fixed so was inscribed after the sketch was affixed , with an uncommonly used / early chosen nomenclature of  attribution and style of printed detail . The mounting cards , sepia attribution are probably  George III or early Victorian , the stamp possibly a little later ; still within the Victorian era [  before the death of Frazer 1899 ]

-the collectors stamp and printed detail is to the main mounting card.

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