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- Series: Modern Art
Le Malade Imaginaire; an elderly man sitting in a chair packed with cushions, a blanket over his legs, looking up with alarm at a young man who stands to left taking his pulse, gesturing and looks ahead, as he pronounces, while an older, stouter doctor sitting to right consults his watch as he takes the pulse from the other wrist and a serving woman at a table to left laughs at the hypochondriac, with a Japanese screen behind; after Solomon; unlettered proof.
Etching and engraving on chine collé
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Height: 465 millimetres
Width: 339 millimetres
- Curator's comments
This impression comes from a series of India paper proofs before letters in the BM (1913,0212.10 to 69) many of which it seems were later published by Virtue in the Art Journal; it remains to be determined whether this print was re-published in this way. Many of these plates were subsequently reprinted in James' Dafforne "Modern Art: a Series of Line Engravings from the Works of Distinguished Painters of the English and Foreign Schools ... With Descriptive text by J. Dafforne'', London (Virtue & Co); this comprised 120 prints after paintings by contemporary masters issued in two series of 60 plates each (1886). 22 of the series 1913,0212.10 to 69 overlap with prints in the series 1923,1112.121 to 168; these were probably cut out from Dafforne's volume, of which there is no copy in the BM.
The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 1861 (no.464) and was last sold at Christie's, London, 4 June 1982, lot 31.
Its first recorded owner was Robert Palmer Harding, later of Wetherby Gardens, South Kensington, London who lent it to the 'Royal Jubilee Exhibition', Manchester in 1887 (no.880), and remained with him until his death whereupon it was sold in 1895 (Christie's, London, 29 June 1895, lot 76).
- Not on display
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Associated Title: Le Malade Imaginaire
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- Acquisition notes
- 1913,0212.10 to 69 are a set of proof engravings from 'Modern Art', edited by James Dafforne, London (Virtue & Co) 1886
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