(Gubbio 1624 - Rome c.1680)
The Combat Between the Horatii and the Curatii
Numbered 3 on the overlap verso.
Inscribed Combatto particolare / tra gli Orazj ed i Curiazj- / sotto Tullio Ostillio, 3o Re di Roma / con cui finisce la Guerra / de’ Romani contro li Albani in brown ink on a label affixed to the old backing.
Further inscribed orazi e corazi / battagli on the copper plate to which the drawing was formerly attached.
74 x 139 mm. (2 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
Allegrini was a prolific draughtsman, although only rarely can his drawings be connected with known paintings or frescoes. He worked mainly in pen and ink, but also in chalk and wash and sometimes gouache. As has been noted by one scholar, ‘The best characterization of Francesco’s drawings is still that given in 1924 by Herman Voss, who was the first to discuss the artist as a draughtsman. He stressed his natural gift for drawing and his taste for the minute; he saw the essence of his graphic art in the graceful, appealing penmanship.’
Large groups of drawings by Allegrini, characterized by rapid, sketchy penwork and relatively small dimensions, are in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Teyler Museum in Haarlem and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Four albums containing nearly six hundred drawings by the artist (although some may be the work of his father Flaminio) are in the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig, while an album of over two hundred drawings, apparently from the collection of the Odescalchi family in Rome, appeared at auction in London in 1973 and was later in a private collection in Germany. A further album of landscape drawings, also in a private collection, has recently been attributed to Allegrini.
P. & D. Colnaghi, London, in 1993
Private collection, London.