We have not been able to connect this sheet with any known painting by Guercino, but stylistically it can be dated to the early 1620s. The intricate fluency of the pen work shows a clear debt to the style of Lodovico Carracci, who was such an inspiration to the Guercino during his early career.
Laid down. The sheet has suffered in terms of its condition. There are holes and tears in various places where the ink has sunk and eaten into the paper, these areas have then been made up/filled in.The upper left corner is torn and there is a small tear at the upper right corner and another tear at the right margin Light scattered brown stains throughout the sheet. Despite these condition issues the image is still relatively strong. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."