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Lot 308: English School (18th century) - The Vatican from the Road to Ponte Mola,

Books and Works on Paper: Part II - Incl. Travel & Natural History

by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

27 October 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: monochrome wash over pencil, 265 x 360mm., titled and inscribed on verso in a contemporary hand, The Vatican from the Road to Ponte Mola, under the outward walls was killed the Constable Bourbon by a musquet shot from the Vatican at the Siege of Rome. Benvenuto Celini says he was the man who killed him , framed and glazed. The inscription refers to the events that happened at this scene on 6th May, 1527, when the Constable Bourbon led an assault on the Vatican, where he was killed scaling the walls, though his renegade army proved victorious.

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