BONASONE, Giulio (1531-74):

The Birth of John the Baptist , after Jacopino del Conte

Engraving. Massari 71, second state of five; The Illustrated Bartsch (Commentary) .076, second state of five with the address of Antonio Lafreri
Provenance: Sir Peter Lely (Lugt 2092); Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth Settlement, Christie’s London December 5, 1985, lot 81
Watermark: Anchor

A brilliant, rich, early impression, still with polish scratches, with a filet of margin outside the borderline. A little glue residue on the verso, a very minor light glue stain at the bottom right and a faded pen number, a few drying creases visible chiefly on the verso, generally in excellent condition.
288 x 447mm.