Guillaume Courtois

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Guillaume Courtois
St. Michael Vanquishing Lucifer
Red chalk, pen and brown ink, brown-black wash, white opaque watercolor, on laid paper.
16 x 10 3/4 inches (409 x 272 mm)
Gift of Frederick B. Adams, Jr.

Watermark: none.
Formerly attributed to Benedetto Luti, Florence 1666-1724 Rome.
Previously attributed to Benedetto Luti, this drawing was recognized by David Lachenmann as the work of Guglielmo Cortese, il Borgognone. Two earlier drawings for the same composition are in the National Gallery of Canada (inv. 18727) and the Istituto Centrale per la Grafica [formerly known as the Gabinetto Nazionale delle Stampe], Rome (inv. FC 127089).


Inscribed at lower right corner, in graphite, "P. Cortona"; in different hands on verso of old mount, in various inks: at upper left, "Fawkener's Sale"; at center, "Pietro da Cortona"; numbered in opposite direction at left, "£43-2-d"; inscribed at upper right, in graphite, "John"; and at lower left, "Romanelli".

Joseph Gulston (1744(?)-1786), Ealing Grove, London (formerly pseudo-Crozat; Lugt 474); possibly W. Fawkener or Everard Fawkener (according to inscription on old mount); P. & D. Colnaghi and Co., London; Frederick B. Adams, Jr., Paris.
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Luti, Benedetto, 1666-1724, Formerly attributed to.
Fawkener, W., d. 1769, former owner.
Fawkener, Everard, former owner.
Adams, Frederick B. (Frederick Baldwin), 1910-2001, former owner.


Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 273.

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