Carlo MARATTI (Camerano 1625 - Rome 1713)

Two Studies of the Head of a Woman [recto], Study of Drapery of a Standing Woman [verso] Sold

Black chalk, heightened with touches of white chalk, with framing lines in brown ink, on grey paper.
The verso in black chalk, heightened with white chalk.
Inscribed C. Maratti at the lower left centre.
273 x 416 mm. (10 3/4 x 16 3/8 in.)

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Although the two heads in this drawing have thus far not been related to any painting by Carlo Maratta, a resemblance may be noted between the left hand head and that of a kneeling woman at the right edge of the artist’s Adoration of the Shepherds in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. A comparable drawing of the head of a woman by Maratta is in the Witt Collection at the Courtauld Gallery in London.

The attribution of this drawing has kindly been confirmed by Dario Beccarini.

The Scottish banker Sir William Forbes, 7th Baronet of Pitsligo (1773-1828) began, as a young man, to assemble a fine collection of Old Master prints and drawings, to which was added, somewhat later in his life - following a trip to Italy in 1827 - a small but choice collection of Old Master paintings. Part of his collection may have been inherited from his father, Sir William Forbes, 6th Baronet of Pitsligo (1739-1806), who undertook a Grand Tour of Italy in 1791 and 1792, during which he purchased a number of drawings and prints.

Provenance:
Possibly Sir William Forbes, 6th Bt. of Monymusk and Pitsligo, Edinburgh and Colinton House
His son, Sir William Forbes, 7th Bt. of Pitsligo, Colinton House, Greenhill House and Fettercairn House, Kincardineshire
By descent in the Forbes family at Fettercairn House, Kincardineshire;
Anonymous sale (‘The Property of a Lady’), London, Christie’s, 1 July 1986, lot 11 (unsold)
Thence by descent in the Forbes family at Fettercairn House, Kincardineshire, until 2017.

Carlo MARATTI

Two Studies of the Head of a Woman [recto], Study of Drapery of a Standing Woman [verso]

A1244

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