Pen and black ink over traces in pencil. Signed in pen Ger. Induno. Titled and dated on the back of the mounting FAME e FREDDO / Tecnica: china su cartoncino / 1885 G. Induno. c. 265 x 175 mm.
The drawing is the original invention by Gerolamo Induno intended to be reproduced in the book Il Naviglio, published in Milan in 1896 to raise money for the Pio Istituto dei Rachitici, now Istituto Ortopedico Gaetano Pini.
In 1969 the Istituto Ortopedico published in anastatic the complete edition of the volume, which is available on the web.
Gerolamo Induno, together with Vespasiano Bignami, Luca Beltrami, and Gaetano Previati, was among the promoters of the initiative.
A student of Sabatelli at the Brera, Gerolamo’s first works were portraits and a painting, now lost, illustrating an episode of Manzoni’s I Promessi Sposi. He was a versatile genre painter, who, like his older brother Domenico, was inspired by contemporary reality. In 1848 he and his brother participated in the Cinque Giornate di Milano, the rebellion in the city of Milan which, after five days of street fighting, drove Marshal Radetzky and his Austrian soldiers out from the city. Gerolamo also partecipated in the Crimean War (1854/55) and in 1859 fought in Garibaldi's army. From 1860 he devoted himself almost completely to paintings commemorating and celebrating episodes of Risorgimento, creating an iconography of the Italian struggle for independence.