Remigio CANTAGALLINA (Borgo San Sepolcro 1575 - Florence 1656)

A Tuscan Landscape with Figures by a River Sold

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, over traces of an underdrawing in black chalk, with framing lines in brown ink.
260 x 407 mm. (10 1/4 x 16 in.)


This large, finished landscape drawing is a typical example of the work for which Remigio Cantagallina is best known, and for which he was praised by Baldinucci. Almost certainly intended as an autonomous work of art, it is likely to have come from an album of over a hundred landscape drawings, formerly in the collection of the scholar and antiquary Dr. Henry Wellesley (1791-1866), nephew of the Duke of Wellington, that appeared at auction in London in 1954. Although inscribed ‘Vedute di Toscana d’Jacopo Ligozzi’, the album was in fact largely made up of highly finished drawings by Cantagallina of various dates, several of which were signed. The album was acquired by the dealer Hans Calmann and the drawings were dispersed over the next several years; examples are today in the Fondation Custodia (Frits Lugt Collection) in Paris, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, the Princeton University Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.

Possibly from an album of 105 drawings of Tuscan views, mostly by Cantagallina, inscribed ‘Vedute di Toscana d’Jacopo Ligozzi’, and with provenance as follows:
The Rev. Dr. Henry Wellesley, Oxford
His posthumous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 25 June 1866 onwards, lot 954 (‘A Portfolio with leaves, containing 105 drawings in Pen and Sepia, Views in Tuscany, by Jacopo Ligozzi’)
Sir David Kelly, London
His sale, London, Hodgson’s, 26 November 1954, lot 596 (‘Original Sepia and Wash Drawings of Scenery, Antiquities, Buildings etc. of Tuscany by Jacopo Ligozzi, Remigio Cantagallina and others’)
Hans M. Calmann, London
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 4 July 1985, lot 45
Private collection, England, until 2008.


A Tuscan Landscape with Figures by a River


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