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    Italian School (19th Century)
    Group of Four Drawings
    Watercolor on paper, each
    4-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches (10.8 x 8.3 cm) (largest)

    Works include Attilio Simonetti (Head and shoulders of a balding old man), Alessandro Marini (Portrait head of a bearded man in eastern costume), Attilio Valeri (Head of a woman wearing a kerchief), and Antonio Zona (Head and shoulders of an old peasant woman).


    Giovanni Piancastelli (1845-1926), painter, collector and Director of the Galleria Borghese, Rome (likely the compiler of the albums in which this sheet was contained);
    Estate of Reverend Father Francis Agius (1891-1958) of Our Lady of Counsel, Inwood, Long Island, New York;
    Sale, New York, by heirs of the above;
    Harry Glass, Long Island, New York, circa 1950s, acquired from the above;
    Estate of the above;
    Neal Glass and Kerry Betensky Long Island, New York by descent;
    Estate of the above.

    "Italian 19th Century Drawings and Watercolors," Shepherd Gallery, New York, April 1976.

    R. Olson, Italian 19th Century Drawings and Watercolors: An Album. Camuccini & Minardi to Mancini & Balla, Shepherd Gallery, New York, April 1976

    Modernists and traditionalists will find works to covet within this sale. And, without a doubt, this auction presents a singular opportunity for enthusiasts of 19th-century European academic drawings.

    Collectors will note that our July sale contains an attractive selection of 19th-century academic drawings from the estate of Neal Glass and Kerry Betensky. These sheets originate from an immense corpus of over 12,000 drawings assembled into a series of albums in the later 19th century by Giovanni Piancastelli (1845-1926), a painter as well as then-Director of the Galleria Borghese in Rome. During Piancastelli's period of activity, collecting drawings on this scale was not uncommon, particularly for a figure with close ties to an artistic community such as he had. It is notable that the current selection of drawings were contemporary works of art when Piancastelli acquired them. Many of the artists represented were figures Piancastelli knew personally, and who held teaching positions at the Academy of San Luca in Rome. While the fate of Piancastelli's entire drawing collection is unknown, the first batch purchased from it en bloc was sold in 1901 to the American Hewitt sisters, Sarah and Eleanor, who were forming a museum in New York City. Their 3,500 Piancastelli drawings remain in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

    The Glass/Betensky drawings in the current catalogue share the above provenance, literature and exhibition history, unless otherwise noted in our online catalogue. Please note that the cataloguing for these sheets follows the extensive research and connoisseurship undertaken by the Shepherd Gallery, New York, as published in the catalogue to its 1976 exhibition Italian 19th Century Drawings and Watercolors: An Album. Camuccini & Minardi to Mancini & Balla.

    Condition Report*: Scattered foxing spots. Each work matted, two works framed.
    Framed Dimensions 11.5 X 10.5 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2019
    14th Thursday
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