Interestingly, each drawing that makes up the present lot is still hinged to the partial remains of the original album page, helping to further illustrate how artists and collectors of the 18th Century would originally have stored such works and perhaps, in part, explaining the fine condition in which these drawings remain to this day. Indeed one of the richest holdings of drawings by Marco Ricci is to be found in the Royal Collection, some 146 drawings. 106 of these works were originally bound in two separate albums entitled Paesi (Landscapes) and Architettura (mainly theatrical scenery) and owned by the great 18th-Century collector, Joseph “Consul” Smith, whose collection of drawings was acquired by George III in 1762, forming the nucleus of the Royal Collection of drawings at Windsor Castle. It seems highly likely that the drawings in this lot once formed part of a similar album of landscape drawings by Ricci, though, since it must have been dismantled in the 20th Century, it is no longer possible to determine their early provenance.
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