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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1991,0615.19

  • Description

    The pleasures of the dance; caricatures of a man and woman dancing in the open, two musicians at left and a man looking on at r Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash, over black chalk

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1593-1660
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 149 millimetres
    • Width: 266 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed: 'Les plaisirs de la dance" and "Sorbicini fecit."
  • Curator's comments

    Drawn on the reverse of a letter addressed to a cardinal. Watermark: a device.

  • Location

    Italian Roy XVIIc

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    18 December 1991

    Treatment proposal

    Lift. Remove hinges. Hinge inlay to mount(solid) with Perspex verso. Stamp drawing and mount.

    Condition

    Attached to secondary support with paper hinges.

    Treatment details

    Hinge paper and adhesive debris removed by applying a poultice of Cellofas B3500 (sodium carboxymethyl cellulose) and scraping wuith a scalpel.

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1991

  • Acquisition notes

    This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1991,0615.19

The pleasures of the dance; caricatures of a man and woman dancing in the open, two musicians at l and a man looking on at r
Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash, over black chalk

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The pleasures of the dance; caricatures of a man and woman dancing in the open, two musicians at l and a man looking on at r Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash, over black chalk

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