Giuseppe Bernardino Bison (Italy, 1762-1844) ink on paper drawing depicting travelers in an Italian countryside, one on horse back, a thatched roof structure and a large tree on a hillside in the middle ground, and a tower in the background. Signed "Bison" lower right. Gilt metal placard with artist's name and dates, affixed lower center of frame. Housed and matted under glass in a gilt wood frame with bead course running pattern. Sight – 9 1/2" H x 7 1/4" W. Framed – 15 1/4" H x 12 7/8" W. Late 18th/early 19th century. Provenance: a Middle Tennessee estate, by descent from Thomas G.B. Wheelock. Note: Thomas G.B. Wheelock was known as an astute collector of African Art and co-author of the book "Land of the Flying Masks: Art & Culture in Burkina Faso". He also inherited a sizeable collection of Asian, British, and military related antiques from his grandparents, Gilded Age tycoon George Briggs Buchanan of New York, and William and Margaret Wheelock, who owned a Scottish manor home known as Bunker Hill. (Margaret Carmichael Wheelock was also a founding partner of the fashion firm Farquharson & Wheelock in New York). See other related lots in this auction, including an archive containing receipts for furnishings for Bunker Hill. CONDITION: Overall good condition with minute foxing spots, areas of acid burn.
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