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  • Title (object)

    • Tarantella
  • Description

    A men and woman dancing; at the right a woman playing a drum and men a guitar mandolin; other figures observing the scene
    Hand-coloured lithograph

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1840 (ca.)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 203 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 238 millimetres
    • Height: 141 millimetres (image)
    • Width: 200 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        'Gae.no Dura' lettered within image, right-hand side corner. Production details lettered beneath image 'Lit: Gatti e Dura / Gaetano Dura dis.', followed by title and plate number '30'.
  • Curator's comments

    The presence of a plate number, bottom sheet, suggests that this print is one of a numbered series.

  • Location

    Italian XIXc Unmounted Roy

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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