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Virgin and Child, after Carlo Maratti, detail from a painting in S. Agostino, Siena, and below a Roman altar, one of 71 drawings made for the Abbé de St Non in 1761 on a journey from Naples to France; seated Virgin and playful Child with putti at either side, below an altar with rams heads at the top corners and crouched winged grotesques below. 1761
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Height: 293 millimetres
Width: 210 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The drawings in this group were probably intended for publication in St Non's 'Fragments Choisis dans les Peintures et les Tableaux ...des Palais et des Eglises de l'Italie', 1771-4, and his 'Recueil de Griffonis', 1790. The drawings are arranged as far as possible in the order of the journey and the places visited. See Elizabeth Senior, 'Drawings made in Italy by Fragonard', 'OMD', XI, 1936-7, pp.5-9.
Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 211
The drawing is a partial copy of Carlo Maratti's painting of the 'Immaculate Conception' in S. Agostino, Siena (Mezzetti, 1955, p. 278, fig. 22). Beneath this, on the same sheet, there is a further drawing by Fragonard which copies the base of a column in the cathedral at Siena, sculpted by Antonio Federighi. The present drawing is one of 71 in the British Museum made by Fragonard for the Abbé de Saint-Non in 1761 on a journey from Naples to France (see also 1936,0509.20 and 1936,0509.21).
Literature: Ananoff, 1961-70, iv, p. 190, no. 2553; Tokyo, 1980, no. 109; Rosenberg, 1986, p. 365, at no. 124.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1980 Mar-May, Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 'Fragonard', no. 109
1980 May-Jun, Kyoto Museum, 'Fragonard', no. 109
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- Acquisition notes
- Inherited by Mrs Whatley from the Meyrick family.
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