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School of Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael
HEAD OF A PUTTO LOOKING TO HIS LEFT
charcoal heightened with white chalk on blue paper
silhouetted at the top of the head and made up
173 by 149mm; 6 13/16 by 5 7/8 in
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Provenance

John B. Skippe (his mount);
by descent to Edward Holland, Mrs. Rayner Wood and Edward Holland-Martin;
his sale, London, Christie's, 20-21 November 1958, lot 171 (as attributed to Raphael);
Kurt Meissner (bears his mark, not in Lugt, on the back of the mount)

Exhibited

Bremen, Kunsthalle, et al., Handzeichnungen Alter Meister aus Schweizer Privatbesitz, 1967-68, no.56 (as attributed to Raphael),  reproduced; 
Stanford, Ca., Stanford University Art Gallery, et al., Old Master Drawings from the Collection of Kurt Meissner, Zurich, 1969-70, no. 28, reproduced p.49 (as Raphael)

Catalogue Note

In the entry in the Skippe Collection sale catalogue of 1958, where it was catalogued as "Attributed to Raphael", the present study was compared with the cartoon of the Mackintosh Madonna, now in the British Museum (see Philip Pouncey and J.A. Gere, Raphael and his Circle, London 1962, vol. I, no. 26, vol. II, reproduced pl. 31).  This association was based on the morphology of the face of this putto, which is reminiscent of that of the Christ Child in the Raphael's cartoon, and also on the use of many exploratory chalk lines. The Mackintosh Madonna, which is now in the National Gallery, London, is dated to around 1512-14.

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