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Italian School
18th century
Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy Receiving Divine Approval [?]
ca. 1710-30
Pen and brown ink, gray wash, over black chalk on paper; arched top incised with a stylus.
21 1/8 x 11 inches (537 x 279 mm)
Gift of Robert Halsband.
1974.59
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Inscribed on banderole in composition, “PAX [in virtute] tua et Abbundantia in Turribus” [Psalm 122]; various numbers on verso, including “n 33.”
Watermark: Stag within a circle surmounted by letter P. (see Heawood 19).

Provenance: 
Purchased in Paris by Robert Halsband (1914-1989), Urbana, Il.
Bibliography: 

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Nineteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1978-1980. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, p. 192.

Notes: 

Alastair Laing observed that the subject of this sheet is likely related to a maritime victory, perhaps that of Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy over the French in the 1706 Siege of Turin. Francois Marandet suggested it might be the work of a Venetian artist and date somewhat later, ca. 1730.

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Halsband, Robert, 1914-1989, former owner.

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