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A man seated on a stool to right, study for a fresco; wearing a turban and a brocade robe, his arms extended
Black and red chalk, heightened with white, on grey-brown paper
- Production date
- 1631 (circa)
Height: 395 millimetres
Width: 227 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The attribution to Confortini is due to Philip Pouncey, the Thiems subsequently pointed out that it is a study for Simon in the fresco of 'Christ in the House of Simon the Pharisee' in the refectory of S Trinità in Florence, which is signed and dated 1631. The drawing is one of three Confortini drawings owned by Ottley who believed them to be by Velasquez. The present drawing and possibly the other two ex-Ottley studies (1946,0713.826 and 1301) might well be the ones sold at his sale, T. Philipe, 14 April 1804, lot 438 - 'Three ditto, for a Magdalen, and other compositions, in the same manner, one with flowers of red chalk'.
Lit.: A.E. Popham, 'Catalogue of Drawings in the Collection formed by Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart., F.R.S., now in the possession of his Grandson, T. Fitzroy Phillipps Fenwick of Thirlestaine House, Cheltenham', I, London, 1935, p. 119 , no. 19 (Anonymous Italian XVIII & XVIIIc); C. and G. Thiem, 'Der Zeichner Jacopo Confortini', "Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz", XI, 1963-5, p. 160, fig. 10; N. Turner, in exhib. cat., BM, 'The Study of Italian Drawings: The Contribution of Philip Pouncey', 1994, no. 53
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994, BM, 'The Study of Italian Drawings', No. 53
2003/4 Oct-Jan, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 'Graceful and True: Drawing in Florence around 1600'
2004 Jan-Mar, London, Colnaghi's, 'Graceful and True: Drawing in Florence around 1600'
2004 Mar-May, Nottingham, Djanogly Art Gallery, 'Graceful and True: Drawing in Florence around 1600'
- Previous owner
Previous owner/ex-collection: William Young Ottley (T. Philipe, 14.iv.1804/ part of 438 as Velasquez 'Three ditto, for a Magdalen, and other compositions, in the same manner, one with flowers of red chalk' and T. Philipe 11.vii.1807/part of 635 as Velasquez, 2 in the lot, 'Two - a man sitting in a reflecting mood, ditto, &c. [i.e. black chalk, on brown paper, heightened] man sitting in a flowered garment, ditto, with red chalk for the flowers')
Previous owner/ex-collection: George Knapton (T. Philipe, 2.vi.1807/884 as Velasquez 'Portrait of a young gentleman, largely draped, black and red chalk, on grey paper, heightened, curious, for the Spanish costume of that time - fine and rare' bt G.M. £5-5-0)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Sir Thomas Lawrence (L.2445)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Samuel Woodburn (Christie's, 5.vi.1860/part of lot 214 'Various drawings, of the Italian school', 20 in the lot, bt Phillipps £1-0-0)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Sir Thomas Phillipps
Previous owner/ex-collection: Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick
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