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Prints & Drawings by Anonymous Artists

  1. Italian 15th Century, The Man of Sorrows
  2. Florentine ca. 1470, Music Manuscript
  3. Greek or Byzantine 15th-16th Century, The Risen Christ
  4. French ca. 1500, The Mass of St. Gregory
  5. Italian 16th Century, Annunciation to the Virgin
  6. Itallian 16th Century, Study for a Draped Female Figure
  7. Dutch 16th Century, Christ Feeding the Five Thousand
  8. German 16th Century, Ornament with an Owl
  9. Italian 16th Century, The Virgin at the Cradle
  10. Italian 16th Century, The Forefathers of Christ
  11. Master L, Adoration of the Magi
  12. Master RR, Esther Before Ahasuerus
  13. Monogramist HWB, Sketches of Lovers
  14. Italian 16th Century, Gladiators in an Arena
  15. School of Fontainebleau, The Birth of the Virgin
  16. Flemish 16th Century, Hercules Fighting the Nemean Lion
  17. Flemish (?) 16th-17th Century, Satyr and Nymph Embracing
  18. after Ludolph B├╝sinck, Saint Matthew
  19. Flemish 17th Century, Doctor, Dying Miser
  20. Bolognese 17th Century, Robed, Seated Male Figure
  21. French 17th Century, Le Palais de Neptune
  22. Italian 17th Century, Male Figure in the Clouds
  23. Italian 17th -18 th Century, Panel of Ornament with Putti
  24. Dutch (?) 18th Century, Landscape with a River
  25. British 18th Century, A Woman Seated in an Arm Chair
  26. Italian late 18th Century, Neptune Before Juno
  27. French (?) late 18th-Early 19th Century, Bathers in a Landscape
  28. Spanish (?) 19th Century (?), Vanitas
  29. British 19th Century, Extensive Landscape
  30. Barbizon School 19th Century, Pair of River Landscapes
  31. American Mid-19th Century, Maylandville Road
  32. Spanish 19th Century, Street Scene
  33. French 19th Century, En Auvergne
  34. French 19th Century, Cavalry Skirmish
  35. British 19th Century, Badshahi Qila
  36. French 19th Century, Design for a Ceiling
  37. Russian 19th Century, Fortified Military Encampment
  38. American late 19th Century, Sheep on a Country Road
  39. British 19th (?) Century, Llyn Ogwen, North Wales
  40. German or Austrian 19th-20th Century, Prometheus Bound
  41. British 20th (?) Century, The Knife Grinder
  42. British 20th Century, The Knife Grinder
  43. German 20th Century, Death Leading a Woman
  44. American 20th Century, Straphanger

28. Anonymous Spanish (?)
19th Century (?)

Vanitas

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Spanish (?) 19th Century (?), Vanitas

Vanitas

Original drawing in gouache on heavy, textured wove paper; old creases and edge tears, but no losses, 344 x 248 mm. This startling and bizarre image appears to come straight out of the Middle Ages and the odd paper it is painted on defies identification as an artistic support, leaving one only to guess at its origin. That it is meant as a sort of Vanitas image is clear (it would not do as a dressing room decoration), and the oak leaves, symbols of strength, together with the winged cherub, seem to point to a message of endurance and faith in the face of death. But this is supposition. Although well done, there is a sort of primitivism about it, leading one to the thought that its origin, wherever it may have been, was some place far from the usual centers of artistic activity.

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