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An album formerly containing drawings by Parmigianino c.1550-1600

Vellum binding with an arabesque panel stamp, blind tooling and white metal clasps | 12.4 x 8.7 x 2.1 cm (whole object) | RCIN 933319

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  • A small loose-leaf album, tooled with arabesque decoration (perhaps Venetian, sixteenth century?), with two metal clasps. Inscribed on the front board: PARMESANE / TOM IV / No 30, and on a label on the spine No / 21 / 4. 

    The album formerly contained 30 drawings by Parmigianino (RCINs 990525-30; 990541; 990544-50; 990562-8; 990579-84; 990589-90; 990592-3); these were all etched by C.M. Metz in the late eighteenth century, but two of the compositions etched by Metz are no longer to be found at Windsor.

    The existence of other etchings after drawings from the album by artists the service of Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel (1585-1646), strongly suggests that Arundel owned the album in the 1630s. In 1690 Constantijn Huygens records that he had 'looked at some more of the King's drawings in a chest, lying upstairs, containing many drawings with single figures by Parmigianino, and several other good ones'. Though Charles II had died five years earlier, it is most likely - as with the Leonardo and Holbein drawings - that he had come into ownership of the Parmigianino drawings earlier in his reign.

    Probably from the collection of Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel; probably acquired by Charles II. To be identified with an album in 'A List of The Books of Drawings and Prints in The Buroe in His Majestys Great Closet at Kensington' (BL, MS Add. 20101, f.28r), c.1727, 'No. 21. Another by Parmesano'. Subsequently listed in George III's Inventory A, c.1800, p. 132, 'Four small Pocket Books of Drawings by Parmegiano', 'Tom. IV. Thirty Drawings in Various manners.'

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    Vellum binding with an arabesque panel stamp, blind tooling and white metal clasps


    12.4 x 8.7 x 2.1 cm (whole object)

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