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A study of the draped legs of a seated figure, after Leonardo
Brush drawing in grey ink, heightened with white, on pink prepared paper
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Height: 264 millimetres
Width: 217 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Copy after a drapery study by Leonardo in the Louvre (inv. 2255).
Lit.: J.C. Robinson, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq.', London, 1876, no. 23 (as Lorenzo di Credi); A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 115, II, pl. CIX (with previous literature); F. Ames-Lewis and J. Wright, in exhib. cat., Nottingham, University Art Gallery and London, Victoria and Albert, 'Drawing in the Italian Renaissance Workshop', 1983, p. 147, illustrated p. 148; C.C. Bambach, 'Leonardo and drapery studies on 'tela sottilissima di lino', "Apollo", January 2004, pp. 49-50, n. 52
Popham & Pouncey 1950
As was noted in the Departmental records (1895) and pointed out by Berenson, this drawing is a fairly faithful copy of a drapery study in the Louvre by Leonardo, executed on fine linen in bistre heightened with white (BB 1061, fig. 530; larger reproduction in 'Bollettino d'arte', Third Series, iii (1933/4), p. 247). Robinson's attribution to Credi was accepted by Berenson in his first edition but replaced in his second by one to 'Tommaso'. Berenson may well be correct in denying the drawing to Credi (in this he is followed by Degenhart), but there seems to be no adequate reason for connecting it with those few studies of heads (e.g. BB 2764 b) which alone can be clearly recognized as being from the hand of the painter 'Tommaso'.
Literature: JCR 23; BB 2763 A (formerly 695), fig. 165; Grosvenor Gallery Winter Exhibition, 1877/8, no. 707; B.M. Guide, 1895, no. 33; Wickhoff, Prussian Jahrbuch, xx (1899), p. 213, note 2; Degenhart, Münchner Jahrbuch, N.F., ix (1932), p. 136.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018-2019 18 Oct-3 Feb, Munich, Alte Pinakothek, 'Florence and its Painters: From Giotto to Leonardo'
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- Acquisition notes
- Maybe from William Young Ottley (T. Philipe, 20.vi.1814/1416).
Popham & Pouncey 1950
Unidentified collector (mark, not in Lugt, FR stamped blind)
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