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Two designs for a frieze with classical medallions. 1839.
Pen and brown ink over black chalk
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Height: 298 millimetres
Width: 416 millimetres
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Lit: Bernard Quaritch, "Art and Architecture: Catalogue 1254" (1998):
'Antonio Basoli published a number of collections of ornament designs at Bologna from 1810 to 1838 and a remarkable and bizarre architectural alphabet, the "Alfabeto pittorico" in 1839, the year of this drawing. The two friezes comprise a series of roundels between swags, interspersed with architectural vignettes representing Urbino, Sienna [sic], Pisa and Florence, the roundels containing portraits of Muses, and in the second series, the great architects of the past, Giulio Romano, Bramante, Palladio, Vignola and Andrea Pisano. They were probably intended for one of the many Bolognese palaces decorated by Basoli and may also have been engraved for one of his publications.'
A similar ceiling design, dated 1797, also appears in Basoli's 'Compartimenti di Camere' of 1827, pl. 83.
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- Purchased by Sven Gahlin in 1998 from Bernard Quaritch. Quaritch had purchased the drawing from a 'Continental bookseller'.
This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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