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    Figure studies for "Evening in Venice"; in various poses, formerly part of an album Pen and brown ink Verso: Studies after Lippo Memmi; two heads, turned in profile to left Graphite

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    • 1827-1828 (circa (Noon, 2011, no. 400))
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 193 millimetres
    • Width: 98 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    See Patrick Noon, "On the Pleasure of Painting", catalogue of exhibition held in New Haven and Paris, 1991-2, No 122.

    Noon identifies the subjects of both the recto and verso of this sheet (Noon, 2011, no. 400). He considers the two heads in graphite on the verso as studies after Lippo Memmi's fresco "The Conversion of St. Rainier" in the Campo Santo at Pisa, where Bonington and Rivet may have visted in 1826. Bonington may not have copied these heads from the fresco directly, however, perhaps instead doing as Delacroix had and copying them from engravings after the Campo Santo frescoes. The Campo Santo at Pisa afforded intense artistic stimuli for a multiplicity of artists and connoisseurs from the turn of the nineteenth century onwards; notably, the Pre-Raphaelites claimed to have discovered their love for early Italian painting in 1848 through looking at Carlo Lasinio's engravings after the fresco cycles decorating that edifice.


  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 10(35) bibliographic details
    • Noon (2011) 400 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British Roy PVI

  • Exhibition history

    1991/2 Nov-Jan, Yale Center, 'Bonington', no. 122 1992 Feb-May, Grand Palais, Paris, 'Bonington', no. 122

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    Provenance given in Patrick Noon, "Richard Parkes Bonington, the complete drawings", 2011, no. 400: Possibly Bonington sale, 1834, lot 24, 'Seven sketches of figures in pen and ink", bt. Gibbs; or 1838 sale, lot 9, "Studies of figures, pen and ink, spirited", bt. Colnaghi; 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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Studies of small figures, formerly part of an album; in various poses
Pen and brown ink
Verso: two heads, turned in profile to l


Studies of small figures, formerly part of an album; in various poses Pen and brown ink Verso: two heads, turned in profile to l Graphite

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