A Selection from the Collection of Drawings by Old Masters formed by C. Fairfax Murray
by (MURRAY, Charles Fairfax)
292 plates in black & white and sepia. 14 unnumbered leaves. 4to, orig. green half-morocco & green cloth (spine slightly faded & upper hinge slightly rubbed), spine gilt, t.e.g. London: Privately Printed, . The rare privately printed catalogue of Old Master drawings sold to J. Pierpont Morgan for nearly $4,000,000 in today's money. Murray (1849-1919), involved in all aspects of the art world in the course of his life, began to amass this collection while serving as an agent for the Director of the National Gallery and several private collectors in Italy. He helped cultivate American collectors new on the scene and guided the development of some of the most illustrious collections. After he had sold his collections of rare books and most of his art, this collection of about 1400 drawings remained and proved to be his most significant sale. The 292 plates capture the highlights of the collection by artists such as Botticelli, Del Sarto, Raphael, Caravaggio, Caracci, Breughel, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, Poussin, Watteau, Fragonard, Oudry, etc. Fine copy, plates in excellent condition. (Inventory #: 6056)
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