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'The Nativity', after a painting by Livio Mehus formerly in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, one of 71 drawings made for the Abbé de Saint-Non in 1761 on a journey from Naples to France. 1761
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Height: 268 millimetres
Width: 200 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For commentary on this group of black chalk Fragonard drawing see 1936,0509.1.
This is one of three copies after paintings in Florence by the Flemish-born artist Livio Mehus made by Fragonard (the others are 1936,0509.5 and 6). The Correggio-inspired 'Nativity' copied in the present work was recently discovered in a poor state of preservation in the monastery of San Vincenzo, Prato (no. 51 in the 2000 Mehus exhibition).
Lit.: E. Senior, 'Drawings made in Italy by Fragonard', "Old Master Drawings", XI, 1936, pp.5-9; A. Ananoff, 'L'oeuvre dessiné de Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806): catalogue raisonné', Paris, 1970, IV, no. 2599, p. 203; P. Rosenberg and B. Brejon De Lavergnée, 'Panopticon italiano: un diario di viaggio ritrovato, 1759-1761', Rome, 1986, no. 355, p. 422; M. Chiarini (ed.), in exhib. cat., Florence, Palazzo Pitti,, 'Livio Mehus, un pittore barocco alla corte dei Medici', 2000, p. 10, fig. 2 and under no. 51, p. 124
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Inherited by Mrs Whatley from the Meyrick family.
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