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Despite Finberg’s comparison with the foreground of the painting Mercury and Herse (on the London art market in 2005),1 Butlin and Joll maintain that the drawing ‘does not correspond with any feature in the oil’. If the indications at the bottom right of the block of masonry are read as seated figures, however, the correspondence, though not exact, is perhaps close enough to be considered significant.
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.80–2 no.114, pl.122; Sotheby’s sale, London, 5 July 2005, lot 40.
There is an offset from the pen and ink drawing on folio 20 verso (D09082), opposite.
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