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The Virtuoso; interior of a large room or gallery with decorative ceiling, with sculptures from the Parthenon placed on the ground and set into the wall, a man holding a book at a desk on which are two busts and vases, in the foreground to right are several portfolios stacked against a sculpture, beyond two columns, further books and cases with vases. 1833
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Height: 510 millimetres
Width: 722 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- When this drawing was exhibited at the Old Water-colour Society in 1833, it was titled 'The Virtuoso', with the description: 'the surrounding antiquities are a selection from the Elgin Marbles, The Hamilton Vase, and the Mosaic pavements in the British Museum; on the walls are the metopes, representing the battle of the Centaurs and Lipithae; underneath is the celebrated frieze; on the left of the picture is the mutiliated group of the Fates; opposite to which are the remains of the statues of Ceres and Proserpine; and on the table stands the marble bust of Pericles, under whose direction the Parthenon was erected.'
The room is very loosely based on the temporary Elgin gallery in the British Museum as depicted in a drawing by Frederick Mackenzie (1788-1854), later engraved by Charles Heath for his Views of London in 1825 (P&D 1936,0511.103). See A H Smith, Lord Elgin and His Collection and especially exhibition catalogue 1992 Jun-Nov, Villa Hugel, Essen, 'London 1800-38', no. 364b and article by Ian Jenkins 'James Stephanoff and the British Museum' in Apollo, March 195, pp. 174 ff.
See also the other related drawings by Stephanoff in the BM.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1833 Old Water-colour Society's annual exhibition
1992 Jun-Nov, Essen, Villa Hugel, 'London 1800-38', no. 364b
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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