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Figure of a youth, half-length, slightly to right, looking to front
Pen and brown ink
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Height: 42 millimetres
Width: 25 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See Popham, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino', Cambridge, 1971, No.250.
Perhaps a study for a portrait, probably dating from the last period in Parma to judge from the style of the pen-work.
Literature: Fröhlich-Bum, p. 35; Quintavalle, p. 206; Popham, Parmigianino, pl. lxixa.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- The series of drawings by Parmigianino (or thought to be by him), 1905,1110.11 to 62, was purchased in an album from Colnaghi's. They had acquired it at the sale of the Rev. William Esdaile Richardson at Christie's 18 April 1905, lot 296 (see the note by John Gere in the register). He was said to have inherited them from his ancestor, the collector William Esdaile. The album itself contained the bookplate of Daniel Daulby, and it can identified with an empty volume included as lot 111 in the sale of his collection of Rembrandt etchings, 9th day, 21 August 1799. It was presumably Esdaile who pasted the Parmigianino drawings into this blank album. Where he got the drawings from is unknown, but many of the drawings bear the stamp of Peter Lely.
According to the register (but not the report to the Trustees), the album was in the collections of Edward Cheney (d.1884) and his nephew Afred Capel-Cure (sale 1905), but this is impossible to reconcile with a direct passing from Esdaile to William Esdaile Richardson, and is ignored here.
The album itself survives and is placed as 198*a.19; it is bound in XVIIIc tooled red leather, and on the spine is Daulby's label 'Rembrandt's Works vol.3'. The album has now been re-used by the BM and presently contains a series of anonymous drawings of (mostly) Turkish costume (1957,0530.79 to 90). It contained a hand-written slip in an early XIXc hand, which is now pasted into the register for 1905. This reads: 'The drawings by Francesco Mazzuolo detto Parmigiano. He was born at Parma 1504 dyed 1540. He imitated Raphael. He was so intent upon his work that when the Spaniards enter'd and pillag'd Rome he was found at his easel & when they enter'd his apartments they were so struck with his paintings that they retir'd without offering him the smallest injury. He was the first who practis'd etching in Italy but wasted his time and talents in alchemy to discover the philosopher's stone.'
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