Lot 47
  • 47

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Il Guercino

15,000 - 20,000 USD
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  • Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Il Guercino
  • King David
  • Pen and brown ink


Charles Rogers (L.625), his mount and attribution: il Guercino.;
John MacGowan (L.1496);
Bears unidentified collector's mark on the backing: GHS;
purchased by a European private collector,
by inheritance to the present owner

Catalogue Note

This very finished study for a three-quarter-length figure of King David playing his harp does not seem to relate to any surviving paintings by the artist.  Guercino often subjected his compositions to a lengthy process of revision and refinement which also continued in the painted work, and his drawings therefore generally represent stages on the way towards the final solution.  In the present sheet, drawn solely in pen and ink, a medium which allowed Guercino a rapidity of execution, the artist has, however, drawn a controlled, detailed and complete study, which must convey a true image of its painted counterpart, if such a work ever existed.  On stylistic grounds, the drawing seems close to Guercino's works dating from the late 1620s.