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Landscape with a circular Roman tomb and before it an open sarcophagus
Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash
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Height: 193 millimetres
Width: 274 millimetres
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- Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Catalogue of Drawings in the Collection formed by Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart., F.R.S., now in the possession of his Grandson, T. Fitzroy Phillipps Fenwick of Thirlestaine House, Cheltenham', London, 1935, p. 158, no. 1; N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 246
The drawing is inscribed in the artist's hand [See Inscription]. The artist similarly signed an oil painting of 'A Party Feasting in a Garden', now in the National Gallery of Ireland (Crookshank, 1964, pp. 179-80 and fig. 49), where the signature appears on what looks like a classical pedestal or the short end of a sarcophagus, near the left edge of the painting. It reads "D[is] M[anibus] S[acrum] IO:BAPTISTA PASSARUS ROM/ FACIE[B]A[T]".
Although the two main buildings in the drawing suggest the Colosseum and Minerva Medica, respectively, the composition seems not to be an actual view. The style shows the influence of Passeri's master Domenichino (q.v.) and has many affinities with the work of his contemporary, Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi (q.v.).
Literature: Popham, 1935, I, p. 158, no. 1(as G.B. Passeri); Crookshank, 1964, p. 180; TDA, 1996, XXIV, p. 238.
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