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Portrait of Henry Purcell; the musical composer, head half-l, slightly forward, wearing long curling hair or wig
Black chalk, re-touched on the jaw, on lilac paper
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Height: 401 millimetres
Width: 272 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing was purchased with a group of drawings attributed to Jonathan Richardson the Elder, which attribution was retained by LB. ECM attributed it, very tentatively, to Kneller because it related to a painting in the NPG (No. 2150) then attributed to Kneller; the painting has since been described as being by an unknown artist. Stewart dismissed the attribution of the drawing to Kneller.
ECM identified the drawing with one in the possession of Charles Burney, but in 1964 (see correspondence) he revised that opinion when Mr W G Skillicorn brought into the Department a drawing carrying a label with an inscription by William Seward who had given the drawing to Burney. 1885-5-9-1897 is a version of that drawing, which appears to be the one purchased by the NPG in 1974 (No.4994) and since attributed, tentatively, to John Closterman.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1934 BM, Exhibition of English Art, no.281
1960/1 London, Royal Academy, 'The Age of Charles II', no.528
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