Battista Franco

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Battista Franco
Psyche Before Zeus and the Council of the Gods
ca. 1552-1561
Pen and brown ink and wash, on paper.
6 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches (168 x 191 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
IV, 73

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Inscribed on recto, in lower right corner, in black chalk, possibly in imitation of Peter Lely's mark (see Lugt 2092 and 2093), "PL"; verso, at left, center, cropped by left edge of sheet, in pen and brown ink, "chao sang/ fioc sto pocho so/ qi acord sod/"; lower right corner, in graphite, "B. Franco 39"; upper left hand corner, in graphite, "215".

Unidentified collector (blind stamp: "W[?]" in upright oval); possibly Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), London (no mark; see Lugt 2092-2094); Johnathan Richardson, Sr. (1665-1745), London (Lugt 2184); 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.
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Lely, Peter, Sir, 1618-1680, former owner.
Richardson, Jonathan, 1665-1745, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.
Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont), 1867-1943, former owner.


Selected references: Fairfax Murray 1905-12, 4: no. 73; New York 1994, 127-28, no. 114; Lauder 2009, 273, under no. 97.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, IV, 73, repr.

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