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The Virgin in Prayer, by Giovanni Battisti Salvi, Il Sassoferrato (1609-1685).

Oil on canvas, 73cm by 58.5cm.

The artist, whose name refers to the place of his birth, was initially apprenticed to his father, but he would be influenced above all, by the paintings of Raphael (1483-1520).

His many compositions reflecting this influence were enormously popular with 18th and 19th Century Grand Tourists.

He also painted numerous copies of various devotional works for private patrons.

The painting was one of two acquired by Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793), in 1769, at the time of his second Grand Tour.

The intermediary was the dealer James Byres, who acquired several works of art for the earl; the price £20. See PIC277.


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