The Guercino forger (18th century)
Landscape with staffage
Pen and iron-gall ink on paper
Laid down onto two album leaves
295x420 mm (original sheet)
.George Salting (Lugt 1212)
.Sir Robert Witt (Lugt 2228b)
.George Salting, England
.Sir Robert Witt, London
.private collection, Vienna
Prisco Bagni identified several drawings, previously attributed to Guercino, as by an eighteenth-century Emilian forger1. The style and composition of this drawing clearly reveal the hand of the Guercino forger.
1 Prisco Bagni, Il Guercino e il suo falsario: I disegni di paesaggio, Bologna, 1985.