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Susanna and the Elders; in a garden, a draped woman seated on a wall by water, two old men behind the wall at r, trees beyond
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash
Verso: A landscape, with half-length figure of an old man at l
Pen and brown ink
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Height: 155 millimetres
Width: 218 millimetres
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- Watermark: a coat of arms.
This was called Annibale Carracci when it was in Dezallier d'Argenville's collection, an attribution retained by Donald Posner in his 1971 monograph on the artist where it is dated 1598. Annibale is known to have painted this subject but this work is lost and the composition known through copies, see Posner, II, no. 131. The BM drawing is no longer regarded as being by Annibale and a number of names have been proposed: Grimaldi (by James Byam Shaw); Mola (under whose name it was placed for a time); Tassi (by David Lachenmann). For the time being it is retained under Annibale's name.
Lit.: J.C. Robinson, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq', London, 1876, no. 251 (as Annibale Carracci); D. Posner, 'Annibale Carracci :a study in the reform of Italian painting around 1590', New York, 1971, II, fig.131b (as Annibale Carracci); D. DeGrazia Bohlin, 'Prints and related drawings by the Carracci', Washington, 1979, under no. 14*, p. 444 (as Annibale Carracci); J. Labbé and L. Bicart-Sée, 'La collection de dessins d'Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d'Argenville: reconstituée d'après son abrégé de la vie des plus fameux peintres, édition de 1762', Paris, 1996, p. 182
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- Inscribed by Dargenville: "962" and "963"
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