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    Four girls dancing, after a portion of the fresco of the Triumph of the Church through the Works of the Dominican Order, on the E wall of the Spanish Chapel, S Maria Novella, Florence; holding hands and forming a circle. 1836-1839 Graphite, with watercolour

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    • 1836-1839
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    • Height: 255 millimetres
    • Width: 213 millimetres
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        Inscribed with colour notes
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    • Binyon 21 bibliographic details
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    British Roy PVII

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    Prints & Drawings

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