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Six counsellors seated
Pen and brown ink, on paper rubbed with red chalk
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Height: 104 millimetres
Width: 157 millimetres (sheet made up)
- Curator's comments
- Veronese early XVc.
An inscription by Jonathan Richardson Snr on back of old mount, relating to the description of the subject.
Lit: A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 298, II, pl. CCLXVI; G.L. Mellini, 'Altichiero e Jacopo Avanzi', Milan, 1965, p. 78; C. Gibson-Wood, ''A Judiciously Disposed Collection' Jonathan Richardson Senior's cabinet of drawings', in C. Baker, C. Elam and G. Warwick (eds), 'Collecting Prints & Drawings in Europe c. 1500-1750', Aldershot, 2003, p. 59, fig. 10.4
Popham & Pouncey 1950
A drawing formerly in the W. Bateson Collection (Sale, Sotheby's, 1929, 23 Apr., lot 122), described and reproduced by Colvin (op. cit., no. 9), is, as he observes, closely connected with these two studies and clearly by the same hand. He convincingly assigns these drawings to an artist of the Veronese school, and dates them in the early fifteenth century; but the squat solidity of the figures suggests the late Trecento, and indeed the period of Altichiero and Avanzo's frescoes at Padua. It is therefore probable that these drawings are copies of an earlier work, like the verso of SL,5226.57, a sheet which seems to be by the same hand. The Tietzes (loc. cit.) suggest that these sketches are perhaps connected with paintings supposed to have been executed by Antonio Veneziano in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio.
Literature: J. Richardson, An Account of Some of the Statues . . . in Italy . . . , 1722, p. 327; Grosvenor Gallery Winter Exhibition, 1877/8, no. 843; S. Colvin, Vasari Society, First Series, iii (1907/8), 7, 8; B.M. Guide, 1891, no. 1; Van Marle, vii (1926), p. 295 n., figs. 201 and 202; Tietzes, p. 3.
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- Acquisition notes
- Thibaudeau acted as an agent for the British Museum at the Russell sale in December 1884, see 1885,0509.1574-1607. Some of the other drawings Thibaudeau purchased at the same sale were subsequently sold to the British Museum in 1885; see 1885,0509.33-51 and 1885,0711.271-303.
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