print study / drawing
Three men dancing, a study related to but not etched in the series known as "I balli di Sfessania"; three men dancing a jig, man at left playing a tambourine above his head. c.1622 Black chalk
- Height: 62 millimetres
- Width: 76 millimetres
For this group of drawing see 1895,1214.78.
The figure on the far right is presumably a variant of the central one as the 'Balli' series all feature pairs of figures. The present drawing is noticeably more sketchy than the related ones in the BM, with the central figure shown with variant positions of his right arm. Daniel Ternois likened the pose of the right-hand figures to Metzetin playing a lute in Lieure 386, and the left-hand one to the tambourine-playing Bernoualla (L. 379) or Fracischina (L. 395).
Lit.: D. Ternois, 'Jacques Callot: catalogue complet de son oeuvre dessiné', Paris, 1962, no. 728, p. 110
French Roy XVIIc
1995 Sept-Dec,Haus der Kunst,Munich,'Pierrot-Melancholy & Mask' no.23
Acquired from Messrs Colnaghi in exchange for duplicates.
Prints & Drawings
Three men dancing, one of several studies for a series of etchings known as "I balli" or "Balli Di Spessantia", (sketch on l appears in Meaume 648); three men dancing a jig, man at l playing a tambourine above his head, man in centre playing castanets (?) his r arm shown in two positions, man at r very lightly sketched playing castanets (?) Black chalk
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Object reference number: PDO2174
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