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Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

OLD MASTERS

Encompassing centuries of change in Europe between 1300 and 1800, from booms of prosperity to bloody revolutions, Old Masters describes a wide range of artists. The informal term was derived from the title of an artist who trained in a guild long enough to become a master, such as Leonardo da Vinci, who studied in a Florence painters’ guild. However, Old Masters paintings, prints and other art is now used to refer to work made by any artist with a high level of skill in painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking who worked during this era.

The 15th century’s expansive trade and commerce spread culture across borders. A vibrant period of art emerged, bolstered by studies of anatomy and nature that influenced a new visual realism. From Raphael and Michelangelo in the Renaissance to Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer in the Dutch Golden Age, artists expressed emotion, naturalism, color and light in new ways. El Greco and Paolo Veronese were leaders in the dramatic style of Mannerism, while Caravaggio and Peter Paul Rubens demonstrated the movement and meticulous detail of Baroque art.

Historically, most attention was concentrated on male artists, but recent research and exhibitions have elevated the impactful work of women such as Rachel Ruysch and Artemisia Gentileschi. In late-18th-century France, female artists like Adélaïde Labille-Guiard and Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun were prominent names. Nevertheless, access to the academies and guilds was highly restricted for women, and even those able to establish practices were expected to adhere to portraits and still lifes rather than the grand history paintings being created by men.

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Style: Old Masters
Portrait of a Lady, a drawing signed and dated by Augustin de Saint-Aubin
Located in PARIS, FR
This drawing full of freshness presents us with the profile of an elegant lady, drawn by Augustin de Saint-Aubin on a beautiful summer day in 1776, during the early months of Louis X...
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1770s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pastel, Pencil

Rome/Tevere - Original Pencil and Watercolor Drawing - 1781
Located in Roma, IT
Rome is a beautiful artwork realized by Jan Peter Verdussen in 1741. In good condition except for some pencil marks and traces of sealing wax on the back and some diffused foxings. ...
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1780s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor, Pencil

The Adoration - Original Painting by Giuseppe Assereto - 1630
Located in Roma, IT
The Adoration is an original modern artwork realized by Giuseppe Assereto (died in Genoa in 1650) in the first half of the 17th Century. Original Oil Painting on Canvas. A 19th Ce...
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1630s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Oil

Traditional Japanese Scene, Geisha Nude, Ukiyo-e Style, Mixed Media Marbling
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is a handmade cyanotype print inspired by Hashiguchi Goyo's 1915 print "Woman After a Bath." This image of a Japanese traditional Ukiyo-e print is then hand coated using the sum...
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2010s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Engraving, Other Medium, Emulsion, Ink, Sumi Ink, Watercolor, C Print, C...

French, old master drawing of a gentleman by Jean-Baptiste Greuze
By Jean-Baptiste Greuze
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725 – 1805) Portrait of a man Sanguine on paper 16 x 12 in. (40.8 x 30.7cm.) This has been expertised by the Cabinet de Bayser, Paris Behind glass in ...
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18th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper

Masks - Original China Ink Drawing - Early 19th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Masks is an original drawing in china ink on brownish paper realized by an Anonymous Artist of the XIX century. with the drawing o the rear. The state of preservation is good and a...
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Early 19th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ink

18th century French Neo Classical school, Study for frontispiece, drawing
Located in Paris, FR
18th century French Neo Classical school, Study for frontispiece, Brown ink and pen, brown ink wash on paper 15,5 x 11 cm, 13 x 8.5 cm for the main motive Framed : 27 x 21 cm This ...
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1780s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink

19th century watercolour of a Girl at her Dressing Table
Located in London, GB
Collections: Muir Hetherington; Sir John and Lady Witt, acquired 1974; By descent to 2015. Literature: Tom Jones (ed.), William Henry Hunt 1790-1864, exh. cat., 1981, no. 145 (Gi...
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19th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor, Pencil

Animal painting of a 'Tamanuâguacû (Ant-eater)' late 17th/18th century, Brazil
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Follower of Zacharias Wagener (1614-1688) Tamanuâguasû (Giant Anteater) On Italian 17th or 18th-century paper, H. 28 x W. 43.5 cm ​The present painting is a copy after Wagener’...
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Early 18th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, India Ink, Gouache

Moses Breaking the Tablet of the Law (after Parmigianino. 1503-1540)
By Daniel Ramée
Located in Storrs, CT
Moses Breaking the Tablet of the Law. (after Parmigianino. 1503-1540.) Pencil drawing mounted onto paper. 12 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches. Collector's seal verso: Gustav Grunwald, (Lugt 1155b)...
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19th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pencil

A Windmill above an Arched Bridge, at left a Quay Wall
Located in New York, NY
Inscribed “159” in the upper right Provenance: (Possibly) The Van Goyen sketchbook which in 1845 belonged to Andrew Geddes, A.R.A. (1783-1844), London; his sale, Christie's, London,...
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1650s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Chalk, India Ink, Watercolor

French School Of The 18th century, An Ancient Shipyard, Drawing
Located in Paris, FR
French school of the 18th century An ancient shipyard or building site (?) Ink and ink wash on paper 17.5 x 23 cm In a modern frame 32 x 37 cm
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1780s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink

Baroque Interior, a drawing attributed to Francesco Battaglioli (1725 - 1796)
By Francesco Battaglioli
Located in PARIS, FR
The technique of this luminous architectural drawing with its rigorous perspective is perfectly representative of the creations of the Venetian school’s 18th century vedutists. Simil...
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Mid-18th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ink

Nude Traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e Geisha in Blue, Gray Skin Terrazzo Pattern
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is a handmade cyanotype print inspired by Hashiguchi Goyo's 1915 print "Woman After a Bath." This image of a Japanese traditional Ukiyo-e print is then hand-painted with soft to...
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2010s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Emulsion, Ink, Sumi Ink, Watercolor, C Print, Color, Engraving, Other Me...

Chateau Fort - 19th Century - Horace Vernet - Drawing - Old Master
Located in Roma, IT
Chateau fort is an original pencil drawing on paper by Horace Vernet realized in XIX century. Certified by Paul Proutè. Very good conditions, except for a very little rip on the lef...
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19th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pencil

Carretto Siciliano (Sicilian Carriage) - Watercolor by M. De Vito - 1820 ca.
Located in Roma, IT
Watercolour on ivory colored and watermarked paper"J. Whatm Turkey M.", 1820 c.a. Beautiful watercolour representing a typical Italian scene of ordinary life in XIX century: people...
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1820s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Allegorical Painting "Chastity" by Agostino Caironi, Dated 1859
Located in Rochester, NY
Exceptionally fine 19th century allegorical painting of chastity. Watercolor painted by Italian artist Agostino Caironi, dated 1859 Milan. Caironi Agostino Milan 1820-1907 A pupil of...
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1850s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Watercolor

Mixed Media, Ukiyo-e Japanese Geisha with Blue Marbling, Handmade Suminagashi
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is a handmade cyanotype print inspired by Hashiguchi Goyo's 1915 print "Woman After a Bath." This image of a Japanese traditional Ukiyo-e print is then hand-painted with soft to...
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2010s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Emulsion, Ink, Sumi Ink, Watercolor, C Print, Color, Engraving, Other Me...

Study of horse and ox bones
By Salvator Rosa
Located in Middletown, NY
Graphite, ink wash and watercolor on handmade laid paper with a large, indistinguishable ovoid watermark with a bunch of grapes, 8 7/16 x 12 5/8 inches (225 x 320 mm), signed in brow...
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Mid-17th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Handmade Paper, Laid Paper, Graphite

Morning Glory and Poppy Floral - British art Old Master flower painting W/C
Located in London, GB
This charming Old Master circa 1800 water colour painting is of morning glory flowers and tendrils entwined with a poppy. The foliage has a metallic green tone and the white morning ...
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Early 1800s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

The 1564 Medici Danti Map of California
By Fra Egnazio Danti
Located in New York, NY
Florentine, Probably Seventeenth Century Titled L’ultime parti note nel Indie occidentali Dated on the edge of the cartouche: “M.D. LXIII. M.AG” [1564…the month of August] In the ...
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17th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Canvas, Paper, Ink, Watercolor, Gouache, Pen

Caesar's landing in Brittany, an original drawing by Giuseppe Bernardino Bison
Located in PARIS, FR
We wish to thank Mrs. Bożena Anna Kowalczyk who suggested this drawing be attributed to Giuseppe Bernardino Bison during a direct examination of the artwork. This drawing, perfectly...
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1790s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink

Astrée, a Preparatory Drawing for the Golden Age Fresco by Jean-Dominique Ingres
Located in PARIS, FR
This beautiful drawing, of great technical virtuosity, is one of the many studies made by Ingres for Astrée, one of the key characters in the Golden Age fresco he painted at the Chât...
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1840s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Carbon Pencil, Graphite

The Flight into Egypt
Located in New York, NY
Inscribed: 3. una Madonna che va in Egitto, verso, and Madonna che va in Egitto, recto Provenance: Private Collection, UK, since 1999 This expressive and boldly executed drawing i...
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16th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Chalk, Ink, Pen, Paper

A Mother and Child, Two Children, and a Dog
Located in New York, NY
Provenance: Elsie de Woolfe, Lady Mendl, Paris; by whom given in 1950 to: Arlene Dahl, New York (until 2021) Inventive, whimsical, and fantastic; delightful, imaginative, and maca...
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17th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ink, Pen

18th century English scene of a man on his horse with his dog in a landscape
Located in Woodbury, CT
Wonderful 18th century English gouache on paper of a 18th century English scene of a man on his horse with his dog in a landscape One of a set of five all framed in Hogarth frames. ...
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1780s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Gouache

Portrait drawing of Harriot Mellon, Mrs Thomas Coutts
Located in London, GB
Inscribed by the artist in pen and brown ink, upper margin: 'σοφὴν δὲ μισῶ: μὴ γὰρ ἔν γ' ἐμοῖς δόμοις / εἴη φρονοῦσα πλείον' ἢ γυναῖκα χρή [Euripides, Hippolytus, 11, 640-41: “But a ...
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19th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pencil

Reclining Youth, 18th Century Nude Graphite on Paper
By French Old Master
Located in London, GB
French School 18th Century Reclining Youth Graphite and charcoal on paper Image size: 15 x 23 inches (38 x 58.5 cm) Wash line mount and gilt frame Painting in eighteenth-century Fra...
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18th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Charcoal, Graphite

Apollo and the Muses, a Renaissance drawing attributed to Girolamo da Carpi
Located in PARIS, FR
This subtle drawing from the Roman Renaissance presents Apollo accompanied by three Muses. It is based on a sarcophagus depicting the nine Muses framed by Minerva and Apollo, which i...
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16th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink

The Tiber, near Rome / Italian School 18th Century
Located in Middletown, NY
Pen and sepia ink wash on cream laid paper, 4 1/8 x 6 3/16 inches (103 x 152 mm). In good condition with scattered areas of light brown discoloration, and uniform age tone. Conditio...
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Mid-18th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Laid Paper, Pencil

Modello for the Virgin of the Rosary, a drawing by Francesco Vanni (1563 - 1610)
Located in PARIS, FR
Francesco Vanni is one of the last representatives of the long Sienese pictorial tradition. In this masterly composition in pen and ink wash, he presents the Virgin of the Rosary, ho...
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16th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Pen

17th-18th century Italian figure drawing - Male Nude - Pencil paper Italy
Located in Varmo, IT
Italian master (17th- 18th century) - Male nude. 34 x 24 cm without frame, 42 x 32 cm with frame. Drawing in sanguine, charcoal and white pencil on paper, in a gilded wooden frame....
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Late 17th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pencil

Study of a Woman
Located in New York, NY
Signed, lower right: Wm Bouguereau Provenance: with Galerie Percier, Paris with Galerie Drouant-David, Paris Private Collection, Chicago Bouguereau was the preeminent academic p...
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19th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pastel, Board, Paper

18th century English scene of pointer dogs out hunting with men shooting birds
Located in Woodbury, CT
Wonderful 18th century English gouache on paper of a 18th century English scene of pointer dogs out hunting with men shooting birds. One of a set of five all framed in Hogarth frame...
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1780s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Gouache

Folio from Communion of Saints, Reading from the Book of St. Matthew.
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Provenance: Otto F. Ege (1888-1951) Phillip Duechnes Bookseller, New York, c. 1948 References And Exhibitions: Otto F. Ege Box Folio 27 Ege describes these folios as: Epist...
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15th Century and Earlier Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Vellum

19th century Italian figure painting - Napoleon procession - Watercolor paper
Located in Varmo, IT
Italian artist (19th century) - The arrival of Napoleon's funeral procession. 31.5 x 48.5 cm without frame, 55 x 68 cm with frame. Watercolor on paper, within a passe-partout in a ...
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Mid-19th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Watercolor

Light Skinned Ukiyo-e Traditional Geisha Nude, Pastel Tones Mixed Media Marbling
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is a handmade cyanotype print inspired by Hashiguchi Goyo's 1915 print "Woman After a Bath." This image of a Japanese traditional Ukiyo-e print is then hand-painted with soft to...
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2010s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Emulsion, Ink, Sumi Ink, Watercolor, C Print, Color, Engraving, Other Me...

A red chalk study sheet by Baldassare Franceschini, known as Volterrano
Located in PARIS, FR
This fresh sanguine sheet presents various studies placed next to each other in no apparent order. Two of the feet studies are preparatory to the first major commission received by t...
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Mid-17th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Chalk

18th century Italian Old Masters Red Chalk, Sanguine Putti with Sheaves of Wheat
Located in SANTA FE, NM
Old Masters Drawing of Putti with Sheaves of Wheat 18th century, Italian Red Chalk, pencil, laid paper 16 1/2 x 10 3/4 (22 1/2 x 16 1/4 frame) The passe-partout frame is original, m...
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18th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Chalk, Laid Paper

17th Century Old Master Drawing
Located in San Francisco, CA
17th Century Old Master Drawing Old master drawing with figure and putti Housed in a handsome contemporary wooden frame Drawing dimensions 4.5" wide x 7.5" high The frame measure...
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17th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite

La Femme Muse
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original pastel drawing on heavy laid paper by an unknown artist, (likely French, 18th Century) titled "La Femme Muse", c. 1780. No signature found. Recently framed with moulding ...
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1780s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pastel

Villas on the Brenta, an ink wash on paper by Francesco Guardi, Venice 1712-1793
Located in PARIS, FR
Provenance: Dominique-Vivant Denon Collection (his stamp partly erased in the lower right corner). Denon sale on May 1er 1826 – part of lot 329 or lot 331 Marquet de Vasselot Collect...
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1790s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ink

Figures Seated around a Table
Located in New York, NY
Provenance: Elsie de Woolfe, Lady Mendl, Paris; by whom given in 1950 to: Arlene Dahl, New York (until 2021) This delightful sheet is a newly rediscovered work by the eighteenth-ce...
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1760s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ink, Pen

Study after Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgment”
By Michelangelo Buonarroti
Located in New York, NY
Italian School, 16th Century Provenance: Private Collection, New York This intriguing drawing is a study by an anonymous 16th-century Italian artist after a vignette in Michelange...
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16th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Gouache

Costume drawings for ‘Ambassadeur de Siam’ and ‘La Sultana Reine’
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Joseph-Marie Vien (1716-1809) ‘Ambassadeur de Siam’ and ‘La Sultana Reine’ Both titled lower centre, the drawing of the ambassador inscribed with colours intended for the prints, e...
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Mid-18th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pencil

Riding School - Original China Ink Drawing by Jan Pieter Verdussen - Mid 1700
Located in Roma, IT
Riding School is an ink original drawing on watermarked and wire rod paper realized in the middle of XVIII century by Jan Peter Verdussen, with autograph notes. In very good conditi...
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Late 18th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Ink

17th Century French sanguine drawing of maiden's harvesting flowers
By (Circle of) Nicolas Poussin
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Circle of Nicolas Poussin (French, 1594-1665) Maiden’s harvesting flowers Sanguine on paper 8. ¾ in. (22 cm.) tondo
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17th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper

Head of a Female Saint
By Bernardino Lanino
Located in New York, NY
Provenance: Duke Vittorio Amadeo I (d. 1637), Turin; by descent in the Library of the Dukes of Savoy Antonio Abrate (1834–1925), Turin, after 1887; by descent to: Adele Abrate Carl...
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16th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Chalk

France, 18th Century, View of a fortified village, drawing
Located in Paris, FR
France circa 1770 View of a fortified village Brown ink, brown ink wash and red chalk on paper 24 x 34.5 cm In quite good condition, some foxings in the upper part, a repaired tear ...
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1780s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Chalk

Figures - Original Pencil and Ink on Paper - 17th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Figures is an original drawing in pencil and pen on paper by an Italian anonymous Artist of the 17th Century. In good condition except for diffused folding and stains with worn mar...
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17th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Pencil

Pavilion with waterfall, an ink wash attributed to Hubert Robert (1733 - 1808)
By Hubert Robert
Located in PARIS, FR
This large wash drawing is a slightly enlarged version of a composition executed by Hubert Robert in 1761, at the end of his stay in Rome. This composition is a marvellous synthesis ...
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1760s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Watercolor

Portraits of the Hon. Mary Shuttleworth and Anna Maria, 9th Baroness Forrester
Located in London, GB
THE HON. MARY SHUTTLEWORTH, NÉE COCKBURN (D. 1777) and her sister ANNA MARIA, 9TH BARONESS FORRESTER (D. 1808) Pastel and gouache on paper laid on canvas, on their original backb...
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18th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pastel, Gouache

18th century English scene of pointer dogs out hunting with men shooting birds
Located in Woodbury, CT
Wonderful 18th century English gouache on paper of a 18th century English scene of pointer dogs out hunting with men shooting birds. One of a set of five all framed in Hogarth frame...
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1780s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Gouache

A portrait of the Grand Dauphin as Narcissus attributed to Henri Gascar
By Henri Gascar
Located in PARIS, FR
This cabinet miniature is truly an artistic tour de force: in an area of just a few inches, the artist manages to portray Narcissus, who is reflected in the water in the foreground, ...
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1670s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Gouache, Vellum

Fine Antique French Old Master Sanguine Drawing Portrait of Man Flowing Hair
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
"Head Portrait of a Man" French Old Master School, 19th century sanguine chalk drawing on paper, unframed painting: 17 x 23.5 inches Condition report: The painting is in good and s...
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19th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Chalk

The Martyrdom of the Santi Quattro Coronati
Located in New York, NY
Provenance: Private Collection, UK After initial training under Justus Suttermans and Vincenzo Dandini, in 1673 Anton Domenico Gabbiani embarked for Rome where he spent three years...
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17th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Chalk, Ink, Pen

Eighteenth century Old Master drawing - St Jerome
Located in London, GB
Pen, ink and wash Framed dimensions: 9 ½ x 11 ¼ inches Drawn c. 1763 This small, powerful study shows St Jerome contemplating the bible with a cross and skull. This sheet belongs t...
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18th Century Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Ink, Pen

French Neo classical school, Allegory of Time, original drawing
Located in Paris, FR
Neo classical school, France, end of the 18th Century Allegory of Time, Pen and black ink on paper, gray ink wash 30.5 x 19 cm irregularly shaped In good condition, some foxings In a...
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1790s Old Masters Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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India Ink

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