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  • Description

    Three couples dancing; studies of three pairs of dancers, Bruges Graphite

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  • Date

    • 1823 (circa (Noon, 2011, no. 55))
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 154 millimetres
    • Width: 97 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed in graphite upper left: "73" and upper right, in the artist's hand: "Bruges"
  • Curator's comments

    See Noon 'Bonington: the complete drawings', 2011, cat. 55

  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 10(17) bibliographic details
    • Noon (2011) 55 bibliographic details
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    British Roy PVI

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  • Acquisition notes

    Patrick Noon ("Richard Parkes Bonington, the complete drawings", 2011, no. 55) gives the provenance as follows: Edward Vernon Utterson (1777-1856) (Christie's 24 February 1857, with lot 381, "An Album containing 45 items", bt. by the museum).

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Three couples dancing; studies of three pairs of dancers


Three couples dancing; studies of three pairs of dancers Graphite

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