Bianca Capello, a Venetian lady, mistress and afterwards second wife to Francis the First, Great Duke ... [art original].
1 drawing : watercolor on laid paper ; sheet 337 x 198 mm
Title from manuscript text on verso in Horace Walpole's hand. Note on verso continues: " ... she married first a Florentine, for wch. his father disenherited him, and being reduced, she maintained herself and husband by washing linnen ..." One from a group of six portraits cited in the 1774 Strawberry Hill catalogue: Six curious pictures in water-colours of Mary de Medici and Louis 13th. and five great duchesses of Tuscany; copied from a chamber at Poggio Imperiale near Florence, where the originals are dressed in the very cloaths [sic] they wore, pasted on the hangings, with the faces painted on sattin [sic]. Cited in the 1842 sale text: Six curious pictures, in water colours, of Mary de Medici and Louis XIII, and five Great Duchesses of Tuscany, copied from a chamber at the Pazzio Imperiale, near Florence, where the originals are dressed in the very clothes they wore, placed on the hangings, with the faces painted on satin. 1842, May 14, Day 18, Lot 110 bt Earl of Derby, £5.5.0; 1954 July 2, Christie's, Derby Sale, Lot 207 to Agnew & Sons for W.S. Lewis September 1954. The lot of six drawings also included a Flemish drawing of a Female Saint worshipping a crucifix.
Bianca, Grand-Duchess, consort of Francesco I, Grand-Duke of Tuscany, 1548-1587 Strawberry Hill (Twickenham, London, England) Walpole Horace, 1717-1797
Portraits Watercolors -- 18th century
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