A study of Mars for Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan by François Boucher, priced at $120,000 by Didier Aaron.

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The latest edition of Master Drawings New York (MDNY), the still gallery-based event featuring a mix of resident and guest dealers in this field takes place from January 20-28.

The exhibitors (up from 21 last year) include eight from London. Some will be putting on themed shows, other a mix of works from their own specialities. MDNY’s content has also expanded to include ‘Master’ paintings, sculpture and photography.

Seven participants are new exhibitors: Patrick Bourne & Co from London; Jean Luc Baroni & Marty de Cambiaire (Paris); Colnaghi Elliott Master Drawings (New York); Henrique Faria + Herlitzka & Co (New York/Buenos Aires); The Fine Art Society (London/Edinburgh), David Nolan Gallery (New York); and Sprüth Magers (New York/London/ Berlin/Los Angeles).

The gallery shows are accompanied by an array of related partnership events held at various museums and institutions around the city (see website below for more details).

Boucher drawing

Resident exhibitor Didier Aaron will be showing a selection of European drawings from the 17th century to today in the gallery’s East 67th Street premises. The display will include a work on paper by François Boucher (1703-70), a study of Mars for Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan from c.1754. It is pictured above.

The 10 x 9½in (25.5 x 24.5cm) drawing, in black and white chalk with pastel highlights on paper, is priced at $120,000.

Girtin watercolour


A drawing by Andrea Lilio, priced in the region of £35,000 by Stephen Ongpin Fine Art.

Guy Peppiatt Fine Art from London will be putting on an exhibition of British drawings and watercolours from the 18th and 19th centuries at the Arader Galleries on Madison Avenue for MDNY.

It will include this watercolour by Thomas Girtin (1775-1802) depicting the North Front of Chalfont Lodge, Buckinghamshire. The work dates from c.1799, measures 16½ x 21½in (42 x 55cm), is executed in watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with bodycolour and is priced at $150,000.

Lilio sketch


A drawing by Andrea Lilio, priced in the region of £35,000 by Stephen Ongpin Fine Art.

Among the London dealers participating in MDNY is Stephen Ongpin Fine Art who will be exhibiting his selection of Master Drawings at Adam Williams Fine Art on East 80th Street.

These will range from 16th century Italian Old Masters through to modern 20th century works and will include a group of around 30 Venetian drawings from the 18th century.

The early Italian drawings include a 6¼ x 4½in (16 x 11.5cm) drawing in black and red chalk on blue paper of an angel seated on a cloud playing a violin. It is by the late Mannerist painter Andrea Lilio (c.1555-after 1635), who was born in Ancona in the Marches.

Fewer than 80 drawings by Lilio are known and this one, which has been squared for transfer, is a preparatory study for a now dismembered monumental altarpiece of The Virgin Crowning Saint Nicolas of Tolentino, signed and dated 1598, which was painted for the church of Sant’Agostino in Ancona. Four fragments from the work are now in the city’s Pinacoteca Civica and one of these, depicting a panoramic view of Ancona from the sea, features part of the feet of a figure in the clouds that match precisely those of the angel in this drawing.

The drawing was once in the collection of the art historian, curator and broadcaster Sir Kenneth Clark, later Lord Clark of Saltwood. It is priced in the region of £35,000.