Luigi SABATELLI (Florence 1772 - Milan 1850)
The Head of Andromache Mourning over the Foot of Hector Sold
Pen and brown ink, with framing lines in brown ink.
Inscribed Questa dona a Durelli il professore Sabatelli per Sua memoria in brown ink at the lower centre and right.
Further inscribed Fece(?) Luigi in the lower margin.
Numbered L30 on the backing sheet.
295 x 215 mm. (11 5/8 x 8 1/2 in.)
The present sheet depicts Andromache, the wife of Hector of Troy, mourning over the foot of her husband as he lies on his deathbed after his defeat by Achilles.
The artist’s inscription at the bottom of the sheet notes that the drawing was presented by him to a certain ‘Durelli’, probably one of his students during his time as a professor at the Accademia di Brera in Milan. This may refer to either the printmaker Gaetano Durelli (1789-1855) or his younger brother, the decorative draughtsman Francesco Durelli (1792-1851), both of whom studied at the Brera.
Possibly given by the artist to Gaetano or Francesco Durelli, Milan.