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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    SL,5223.17

  • Description

    Two soldiers, one kneeling in profile to right, the other half-length Red chalk, on buff paper Verso: A dying soldier, half-length, trying to pull the end of a spear (?) from his chest Red chalk, heightened with white, on buff paper

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1643-1679
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 203 millimetres
    • Width: 265 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Turner 1999
        Inscribed in brown ink, at lower centre, in an old hand: "G. Borgognone"
  • Curator's comments

    Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 57 (with previous literature)

    Turner 1999
    The study on the right of the recto was tentatively connected by Graf with the soldier, top right, in a drawing of a 'Battle Scene' in the Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf (inv.no.FP 4559; London and Edinburgh, 1973, no. 18, repr.; Graf, 1976, no. 109), which he was inclined to date to c. 1660. The soldier on the left does not, however, occur there, though that figure too may have been conceived with this same composition in mind. Although the Düsseldorf drawing is not directly related to any of Cortese's paintings, the group of three figures on the left was repeated, with variations, in a print by Albert Clouwet (1636-79) of the 'Battle of Joshua', engraved, probably in the early 1660s (London and Edinburgh, 1973, under no. 18), for a thesis presented to King John II Kasimir of Poland, an impression of which is in the Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf (inv. nos FP 16891-2D). The possibility that a common thread may indeed link together the Clouwet engraving and the British Museum and Düsseldorf drawings is strengthened by Grafs observation that the figure studied on the verso of the British Museum drawing seems to correspond with the soldier seen lying at Joshua's feet in the print.
    Early battle pictures by Poussin, for instance the 'Victory of Joshua over the Amorites' (Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; Paris, 1994, no. 6), the 'Victory of Joshua over the Amalekites' (Hermitage Museum; St Petersburg; Paris, 1994, no. 7) and the 'Victory of Gideon over the Midianites' (Pinacoteca, Vatican; Paris, 1994, p. 136, fig. 7a), painted in 1624-5, seem to have afforded the inspiration for the figure types in this and 1981,1212.6.

    Literature: London and Edinburgh, 1973, under no. 18; Graf, 1976, p. 53, under no. 109.

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  • Bibliography

    • Turner 1999 57 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian Roy XVIIc)

  • Exhibition history

    2002/3, Oct-April, BM, 'Hans Sloane's Collection of Prints and Drawings' (no cat.)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1753

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    SL,5223.17

  • Additional IDs

    • A,20.17
Two soldiers, one kneeling in profile to r, the other HL Red chalk, on buff paper Verso: A dying soldier, HL, trying to pull the end of a spear (?) from his chest Red chalk, heightened with white, on buff paper

Verso

Two soldiers, one kneeling in profile to r, the other HL Red chalk, on buff paper Verso: A dying soldier, HL, trying to pull the end of a spear (?) from his chest Red chalk, heightened with white, on buff paper

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