Workshop of Luca Cambiaso

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Workshop of Luca Cambiaso
Sea-Nymph and Two Putti Astride a Dolphin. Verso of lining: Sketch of a Vase
Pen and brown ink and wash, on paper; cut to an irregular shape; verso: red chalk.
14 3/16 x 9 7/8 inches (318 x 242 mm; maximum dimensions)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 103


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Inscribed on mount at lower left, in black ink, "Cambiaso"; to the right of this, in graphite(?) effaced inscription; at lower right, in graphite, "ed".

Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.

The Morgan sheet is one of many drawings by Cambiaso and members of his studio showing a sea-nymph frolicking with two or more putti and a dolphin, holding a banderole. Other versions of the subject are in the Louvre (inv. 9318, 9319, 9320, 9317); Metropolitan Museum, New York (inv. 87.12.17, probably a copy); and the Harvard Art Museums (inv. 1965.368). The ultimate source of the image is Raphael’s fresco of Galatea in the Villa Farnesina, Rome, as in particular the Fogg drawing makes clear. The only known painted version by Cambiaso of the subject depicts Venus on a shell astride a dolphin with Cupid and is in the Galleria Borghese, Rome (inv. 123; Moreno and Stefani 2000, 246, no. 17).


New York 1939, 21, no. 71; Mongan and Sachs 1940, I, no. 75.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 103, repr.


Watermark: none.

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Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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