Italian School
Two Figures in Conversation

PROVENANCE: An unidentified collector's monogram 'GFM' on the verso in pen and brown ink; Possibly Giuseppe Vallardi (1784-1863) and his association inscription in red chalk on the verso; Professor Raymond E. Pahl, FBA, (1935-2011).

Numbered '127' in pen and black ink upper left, and numbered 'L31' in red chalk on the verso

Pen and brown ink and brown wash

144 x 79 mm. (5 5/8 x 3 1/8 in.)

It is interesting to observe that the collector's initials on the verso of our drawing appears on at least four other known drawings. There is an image of the inscription published most recently in the 2003-04 catalogue from Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd.1

1.Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd, Old Master and 19th Century Drawings, Winter 2003-04, number 1. The other drawings are referred to in the entry, but were on a drawing by Giulio Romano, and two drawings by Nicolas Poussin.

This is catalogue Number 10, in the on-line e-catalogue of 'Drawings, Prints and Paintings from the Collection of Professor Raymond E. Pahl, FBA (1935-2011)', see here for the catalogue.