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  • Description

    A ballerina dancing; whole-length, with both arms raised Brush drawing in grey-brown wash, over graphite

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1880-1950 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 190 millimetres
    • Width: 140 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Identified as a fake.

  • Location

    Forgeries Unmounted Roy

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  • Acquisition notes

    This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. Not known how acquired. Verso stamped with BM crown and dated 1966.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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Object reference number: PDO17222

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