Totalling £1,664,441, the sale was led by the Jacopo Zucchi’s Soldiers outside the walls of a marine fortress, which sold for £110,500.
Ralph Holland (1917-2012) was the last surviving member of a remarkable generation of British scholar-collectors that included Philip Pouncey, Sir Denis Mahon and John Gere. He assembled a superb collection of some 400 drawings, dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries, thanks to an acute and discerning eye, profound art-historical knowledge and great passion for collecting. Holland began collecting in the late 1940s when it was still possible to discover significant examples of an artist’s style and major preparatory studies for important commissions.
The primary focus of the collection is Italian drawings, with a strong emphasis on the Baroque. It is our great privilege to announce this sale, which will offer a unique opportunity not only to acquire splendid, rare and important drawings, but also to pay tribute to an extraordinary and inspiring world which generated such continuing passion for, and understanding of, old master drawings.