PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN
POMPEO BATONI | The infant Hercules strangling the snakes sent by Juno and a study of a foot
Estimate: 1,500 - 2,000 GBP
Property of a Nobleman
Lucca 1708 - 1787 Rome
The infant Hercules strangling the snakes sent by Juno and a study of a foot
Red chalk, squared for transfer in black chalk
148 by 148 mm (drawing)
256 by 420 mm (mount)
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Laid down. Overall in good condition. Light staining around the edges of the sheet. Red chalk remains strong and vibrant.
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Formerly in a portfolio inscribed 'S.2' with the bookplate of Edward, Earl of Powis (Edward Clive, 1st Earl of Powis of the third creation (1754-1839)),
thence by inheritance to his second son, Robert Henry Clive (1789-1854), of Oakly Park, Shropshire, M.P. for South Shropshire,
thence by descent to Robert Windsor-Clive (1824-1859) and his son Robert George, Baron Windsor (1859-1923), for whom the earldom of Plymouth was revived in 1905,
thence by descent,
sale, London, Christie's, Important Old Master Drawings including Property of The Earl of Plymouth, 1 July 1986, lot 139
London, The Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood, Pompeo Batoni and his British Patrons, 1982, no. 63
A.M. Clarke, ed. E.P. Bowron, Pompeo Batoni; A complete catalogue of his works with an introductory text, 1985, pp. 68 and 381, no. D.71
Preparatory for the figure of Hercules in Batoni's painting, The Infant Hercules, 1743, commissioned by Marchese Carlo Gerini, now in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence.