A RURAL VIEW WITH A FARMHOUSE AND DISTANT TOWER
Monogrammed l.l., numbered II to upper section [concealed by mount, see third image]
Pen & ink
Visible Image: 11.5 x 17.6cm | Total Sheet Dimensions: 20.3 x 17.6cm
Purchased at Sotheby's according to previous owner's documentation [see final image]
Private Collection, Southwest England
"G." Santini has only recently been identified as the 17th century military engineer and amateur landscape draughtsman Giuseppe Santini. A native of Pisa and a pupil of the sculptor Ferdinando Tacca, Santini was also a follower of Stefano della Bella. As a draughtsman, he produced a number of landscape and genre drawings in pen in the manner of Ercole Frigoni, called Bazzicaluva (one of whose drawings is currently offered by the Nonesuch Gallery) and Giulio Parigi. Santini also seems to have been an avid collector of the drawings of his Florentine contemporaries, and in particular those of Volterrano, each of which he inscribed with his distinctive handwriting before pasting them into an album.
One such album, containing around thirty red chalk drawings by Volterrano and bearing similar inscriptions, is in the Fondazione Roberto Longhi in Florence, while other individual Volterrano drawings from Santini’s collection are in museum collections or have occasionally appeared on the art market.
Very little has been written or published about Santini's own output of drawings. The Uffizi own a title-page and four drawings by this enigmatic figure, with the drawings all relating to Florence. In recent years similar works to the present were offered at Doyle, New York, 22.05.2013, Lot 14 (Landscape with a Birdhouse; Landscape with Figures in the Foreground) and Christie's, South Kensington, Old Master Drawings..., 07.12.2016, Lot 28 (View of the Church of Madonna della Pace, Florence).
(i) M. Privitera, Il Capitano e Ingegnere Giuseppe Santini, collezionista di disegni e disegnatore, in Paragone, Vol. 84-85, 2009, pp.104-110