Pen and brown ink, on laid paper lightly washed in brown. Inscribed in pen di Lorenzo Bartolini. On the verso sketches of figures in black chalk. 204 x 140 mm.
In the present case Rossi created a fake Bartolini drawing, connected with Bartolini's celebrated sculpture La Fiducia in Dio.
A Tuscan sculptor, active in Florence in the second half of the Nineteenth century, Rossi made numerous busts and portraits, statues and bas-reliefs and several sepulchral monuments. The artist was also a forger of drawings. See R. J. M. Olson, Caveat Emptor Egisto Rossi's activity as a forger of drawings, in Master drawings, XX, no 2 (1982), p. 151.