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The Return of the Prodigal Son; the son kneeling on steps at centre with head bowed, four figures descending steps at left to meet him, figure at right standing behind him, dog lying on bottom step, two figures looking from window at top l, parts of a building and foliage in background, separate study of the prodigal son in margin below
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, over black chalk, squared for transfer
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Height: 281 millimetres
Width: 300 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The location of the painting mentioned in the inscription is unknown.
Lit.: J. Cordey, 'Les dessins français des XVe et XVIIe siècles au British Museum', "Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français", 1932, p. 17; J. Montagu, 'The Painted Enigma and French seventeenth-century art', "Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes", 31, 1968, p. 319, n. 62; P. Rosenberg, 'Il Seicento francese', Milan, 1971, fig. 45; H. Kurita and M. Koshikawa, in exhib. cat., Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art and Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art, 'French drawings from the British Museum: from Fontainebleau to Versailles', 2002, no. 60
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2002 April-June, Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Mus of Art, 'French Drawings from the British Museum'
2002 July-Sep, Tokyo, NM of Western Art, 'French Drawings from the British Museum'
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- Prints and Drawings
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