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Stefano della Bella, Landscape with a Peasant Woman Approaching a Farmhouse
 
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TITLE:  Landscape with a Peasant Woman Approaching a Farmhouse
ARTIST:  Stefano della Bella (Italian, 1610–1664)
CATEGORY:  Works on Paper (Drawings, Watercolors etc.)
MATERIALS:  Pen and brown ink and brown wash, over traces of an underdrawing in black chalk.
SIZE:  h: 7.9 x w: 20.2 cm / h: 3.1 x w: 8 in
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd  +44 (0)20 7930 5347  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  hugely talented and prolific artist, Stefano della Bella succeeded Jacques Callot as Medici court designer and printmaker. Between 1639 and 1650 he worked in France, establishing a flourishing career in Paris and publishing numerous prints; indeed, the majority of his prints date from this fertile period. After his return to Florence in 1650, Della Bella continued to enjoy Medici patronage. His oeuvre numbers over 1,000 etchings, and many times more drawings; all works of considerable energy and inventiveness.

This drawing is similar in format, and may be contemporary with, a series of twelve prints entitled Divers Paysages. Dedicated to Louis II de Bourbon, Duc d’Enghien, and published by IsraÎl Henriet in Paris, this series of landscape etchings has been dated by Alexandre de Vesme to c.1643, during Della Bella’s stay in France. In the absence of a firm date of publication, however, it is also possible that these prints were designed in the 1650’s, following the artist’s return to Florence, and that the plates sent to Paris to be printed.

This drawing was once part of an important album of drawings by Stefano Della Bella assembled by the calligrapher Thomas Tomkins (1743-1816)1. Containing a representative selection of Della Bella’s drawings from the entire course of his career, the album is first recorded in 1818 at the posthumous sale of the Tomkins collection, which also included a large number of engravings after Old Masters and drawings by contemporary English artists, as well as Dutch paintings. The Tomkins album was later acquired by the prominent collector and connoisseur Robert Holford (1808-1892), remaining intact in the Holford collection until its sale at auction in London in 1928, when some drawings were removed. Nevertheless, some 241 of the Tomkins drawings, including the present sheet, remained together as a group until finally dispersed at auction at Christie’s in London in 1975.

PROVENANCE:  From an album of drawings by Stefano della Bella assembled by Thomas Tomkins, London, with later provenance as follows:
The posthumous Tomkins sale, London, Mr. Hickman’s Gallery, 25-28 February 1818, lot 289 (‘The Works of Steffano della Bella, consisting of a number of very fine Original Drawings in Pen and Ink – collected by the late Mr. Tomkins, with an additional Title, written by himself. 270.’), bt. Holroyd for £32.10/-; Robert Stayner Holford, M.P., Dorchester House, London and Westonbirt, Gloucestershire.
By descent to his son, Lt. Col. Sir George Lindsay Holford, K.C.V.O., Dorchester House, London and Westonbirt, Gloucestershire.
His posthumous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 22 May 1928, lot 29B (‘A Series of some 270 drawings by Stefano della Bella, of a variety of subjects, including animals, birds, landscapes, figures, vessels, etc., collected by Thomas Tomkins, mounted in a finely bound red morocco volume with gilt tooling’), bt. Castagnari.
Private collection.
Anonymous sale (‘A Collection of Drawings by Stefano Della Bella, the Property of a Gentleman’), London, Christie’s, 18 March 1975, lot 4.
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