Remigio CANTAGALLINA (Borgo San Sepolcro 1575 - Florence 1656)

A Boat in a Harbour Sold

Pen and brown ink and wash, over faint traces of an underdrawing in black chalk. Framing lines in brown ink. Laid down.
221 x 238 mm. (8 3/4 x 9 3/8 in.)


The drawings of Cantagallina and his younger contemporary Baccio del Bianco (1604-1657) have often been confused, as both draughtsmen worked in a similar style. A comparable pen landscape of boats in a natural harbour in the Biblioteca Marucelliana in Florence has, for example, been attributed to Baccio del Bianco1. Similar studies of boats are, however, to be found in the Cantagallina sketchbook in Brussels, drawn during a trip the artist made to the Low Countries between 1612 and 1613. Another, similar drawing of a boat in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes3, attributed there to Baccio del Bianco, is also likely to be by Cantagallina.

Two further drawings by Cantagallina of coastal landscapes with shipping, more expansive in composition, were also at one time in the collection of Christian Humann.

Mathias Komor, New York (Lugt 1882a), his mark stamped on the old backing sheet
Christian Humann, New York
His sale, New York, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 12 June 1982, lot 22
Mark Fehrs Haukohl, Houston
His (anonymous) sale, New York, Sotheby’s, 26 January 2000, lot 145
P. & D. Colnaghi, London, in 2001
Private collection.

Esther de Vécsey, ed., Italian Drawings from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries from Houston Collections, exhibition catalogue, Houston, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Gallery, 1985, p.17 (entry by Kristal Kirksey); Carol J. Everingham, ‘Italian art a full menu’, The Houston Post, September 14th, 1985, p.3G, illustrated.


A Boat in a Harbour


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