Cesare ROSSETTI (Rome c.1565 - Rome 1644)

The Last Supper Sold

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white, on paper washed with a reddish tone.
Traces of a framing line in brown ink.
Inscribed Mauro Oddi / La Cene / Vente Kaieman 1859 / Collection Sir J. Reynolds on the verso.
269 x 192 mm. (10 5/8 x 7 1/2 in.)


An early drawing by Cesare Rossetti, the present sheet can be compared stylistically with a study of Christ at the Column in the British Museum and a large drawing of The Crucifixion, sold at auction in 1997, as well as a drawing of The Virgin and Child in Glory with God the Father and Angels and Saints which was on the art market in Paris in 2006. Similar drawings by the same hand include a study of Solomon Receiving the Queen of Sheba, in the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Martyrdom of Saint Peter at Christ Church in Oxford.

This drawing bears the collector’s mark of the 18th century painter Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792). The leading portrait painter in England, Reynolds’ success and fame allowed him to assemble one of the largest collections of paintings, drawings and prints of his day. His collection of several thousand drawings, mostly Italian works of the 16th and 17th centuries, was dispersed in two auctions in London in 1794 and 1798. The present sheet later entered the collection of D. Kaïeman (1796-1857), a councillor at the court of appeal in Brussels, whose collection of 1,371 drawings was dispersed at auction in Paris in 1858.

Sir Joshua Reynolds, London (Lugt 2364)
By descent to his niece, Mary Palmer, later Marchioness of Thomond
The posthumous Reynolds sales, London, A. C. de Poggi, 26 May 1794 onwards or London, H. Philips, 5-26 March 1798
D. Kaïeman, Brussels
His posthumous sale, Paris, Hôtel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 26 April – 1 May 1858, lot 91 (as Girolamo Marchesi: ‘La Cène. – Dessin à la plume, fortement arrêté et lavé de bistre, sur fond bistré.’)
The Abbé Thuliez (possibly Abbé Pierre-Joseph Thuliez, Cambrai), with his collector’s mark (Lugt 2395b) on the verso
Anonymous sale, New York, Christie’s, 24 January 2001, lot 26 (as Roman School, Late 16th Century)
Yvonne Tan Bunzl, London.


The Last Supper


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