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Study for the painting 'Death of Chatham'; interior scene, at the House of Lords, Chatham in centre seated on bench, being supported by figure behind, half-kneeling figure to the left holding Chatham's hand, and another figure mopping his brow, surrounded by onlookers
Black chalk, heightened with white, on buff paper, on three conjoined sheets
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Height: 507 millimetres
Width: 678 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Jules Prown, the author the catalogue raisonne of Copley's work (1966) originally included this drawing in vol. II of that work as fig. 400 and a related drawing as 399. In a letter dated 8.vi.1977 to the Department he wrote that he believed this drawing to be by Benjamin West who also proposed to paint a Death of Chatham. It will remain in the collection as attributed to Copley under whose name it was acquired, but this additional attribution should also be noted for further consideration.
In the 1966 work, p. 438 Prown noted that the drawing may have been in the Lyndhurst Library sale (Christies 26-27.ii.1864) as lot 664, bt. Edward Jupp, then in his sale (lot 114) when it was bt by a dealer Noseda. It was purchased by the BM from Leggatt Brothers in 1901.
Another study for The Death of the Earl of Chatham , also previously owned by Lyndhurst and Jupp, was sold at Christie's, 12.xi.1968/28.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1969, BM, 'Royal Academy Draughtsmen 1769-1969', no.191
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Death of Chatham 1835
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