Lot 233
  • 233

Giulio Pippi, called Giulio Romano

4,000 - 6,000 GBP
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  • Giulio Pippi, called Giulio Romano
  • An infant in swaddling clothes
  • Pen and brown ink over traces of black chalk, silhouetted and torn lower left


Jonathan Richardson Senior (L.2184);
Sir Joshua Reynolds (L.2364);
John MacGowan (L.1496, verso);
Sir Thomas Lawrence (L.2445);
Lord Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere (L.2710b);
by descent to the 5th Earl of Ellesmere, 6th Duke of Sutherland,
his sale, London, Sotheby's, The Ellesmere Collection, Part II, 5 December 1972, lot 15;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 9 April 1981, lot 75, purchased by Ralph Holland



Newcastle, 1982, no. 5


Catalogue of the Ellesmere Collection of Drawings at Bridgewater House, London 1898, no. 167;
F. Hartt, Giulio Romano, New Haven 1958, vol. I, pp. 251 and 308, no. 358;

Catalogue Note

Hartt discussed this drawing in connection with others of children which he suggested are all studies for tombs (his nos. 357, 359 and 360).1  He provided a possible dating for them of 1540-46, placing them as late works in Giulio Romano's oeuvre.  As noted in the Ellesmere sale catalogue, however, Michael Hirst believed this to be an early work, executed shortly after Giulio's arrival in Mantua, making a comparison with Mantegna's Christ Child in the National Galley of Art, Washington.2  Ralph Holland's notes indicate that he felt this drawing was more likely to be a birth-portrait, suggesting that it may have been of a Gonzaga princeling.  Holland compares it to the portrait drawing of Ottavio Leone's son in the Ashmolean Museum3, which adopts the same formula of an upright infant in swaddling clothes.

1.  Hartt, op. cit., vol. I, p. 251 and 252, figs. 513 and 509, reproduced vol II
2.  Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art; Inv. no. 1952.5.67
3.  Oxford, Ashmolean Museum; Inv. no.  WA1959.64.