Workshop of Taddeo Zuccaro

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Workshop of Taddeo Zuccaro
Triumph of Caesar for the Campaign in Africa Against Pompey Allied with Juba,
ca. 1559-1560
Pen and brown ink and wash, lead white watercolor (partially oxidized) over black chalk, on paper prepared with a yellow wash.
11 1/4 inches (286 mm; diameter)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 80a

Inscribed on verso of mount, in pen and brown ink: "Dessin de Polidore du Cabinet Crozat, / fait pour La Manufacture de Terre de Mantoue / dont le Plat etoit dans ce celebre Cabinet."; in graphite, at upper left: 423; at lower left: 2.2.0, at lower right: /2.

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.

Watermark: none visible through lining.
The drawing relates to a set of maiolica commissioned by Duke Guidobaldo II della Rovere of Urbino as a diplomatic gift for Philip II of Spain and designed by Taddeo Zuccaro around 1559. The maiolica was decorated with scenes from the life of Julius Caesar, mostly according to the "De Bello Gallico", though numerous other sources were also used.
In collection as Roman School; possibly attributed to the Workshop of Taddeo Zuccari.

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

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