Attributed to Pedro Atanasio BOCANEGRA (Granada 1638 - Granada 1688)

The Flight into Egypt [recto]; Study of a Seated Male Nude and a Sketch of the Forelegs of a Horse or Donkey [verso]

Pen and brown ink and grey wash, over an underdrawing in black chalk, with framing lines in brown ink.
The verso in red chalk and pen and brown ink.
Illegibly inscribed on the verso.
Inscribed Coll. S(?). J. R. / Wm. Brough in brown ink on the verso.
Further inscribed Collect. W. S. Brough [?] Londres 1919 22 May Sotheby on the verso.
177 x 170 mm. (7 x 6 3/4 in.)

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A stylistic comparison may be made with a signed pen drawing by Pedro Atanasio Bocanegra of Saint Jerome in the Uffizi in Florence. The Uffizi drawing, which is signed ‘Pedro Atanasio’ in a miniscule form, displays the strong influence of Alonso Cano’s draughtsmanship on Bocanegra’s own drawings.

The anatomical studies in pen and ink on the verso of the present sheet also find parallels in a study of a leg in the aforementioned drawing of Saint Jerome in the Uffizi.

This drawing was at one time part of the collection of mainly Italian and French drawings formed by Gustave Soulier (1872-1937), an art historian and the Director of the Institut des Beaux-Arts in Florence and later in Naples. His collector’s mark combines his initials with the Florentine lily and the cypress of Tuscany.

Provenance:
William S. Brough, J.P., Leeds and London (Lugt 2652)
His posthumous sale, 1919 (according to an inscription on the verso)
Gustave Soulier, Florence and Naples (Lugt 1215a)
David Jones, London and Paris, in 2002
Pandora Old Masters, New York
Private collection.

Pedro Atanasio BOCANEGRA

The Flight into Egypt [recto]; Study of a Seated Male Nude and a Sketch of the Forelegs of a Horse or Donkey [verso]

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