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Compartment of a frieze, with putti playing with wreaths and a triple monticle, after Pellegrino Tibaldi; one putto being carried at l, another sitting on the edge with a leg hanging over
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white (partly oxidised), over black chalk, on light brown prepared paper
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Height: 182 millimetres
Width: 240 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- 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. 70, no. 5 (as Attributed to Lelio Orsi); J.A. Gere and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, Artists working in Rome', London, 1983, no. 276
Gere & Pouncey 1983
The attribution to Orsi was maintained in the Ottley Sale and in the Fenwick Catalogue, but, as Popham himself was later the first to recognise, the drawing is an old copy of the r.-hand half of one at Windsor (Popham, no. 945, pl. 111) attributed by him to Tibaldi on the strength of its resemblance to a study for a 'sopraccammino' in the Louvre (repr. 'Rivista d'arte', xix (1937), p. 19) which incorporates the arms of Tibaldi's Bolognese patron, Cardinal Giovanni Poggi (a sextuple monticule, on a chief a double-headed eagle displayed). Popham argued from the monticule in the Windsor drawing that this must likewise be a project for the decoration of the Cardinal's palace in Bologna; but the monticule is triple, not sextuple; and since the arms of Pope Julius III were three triple monticules on a bend between two wreaths, it seems reasonable to identify the Windsor drawing as a study for the now vanished frieze in a room in the Vatican Belvedere attributed by Baglione (p. 62) to Tibaldi and described by Chattard ('Nuova Descrizione del Vaticano', Rome, 1762-7, iii, p. 109) as "dipinto a chiaroscuro, ove vi sono molti putti, che scherzano con Monti, alludenti all'arme del ... Pontefice". Payments to Tibaldi for work in the Belvedere during the pontificate of Julius III are recorded in 1551 and 1552, but cease in March 1553 (see Ackerman, p.163).
Two frieze-shaped engravings signed "ML" (Michele Lucchese or Grechi) of 'putti' playing with triple monicules and wreaths may record other parts of the same frieze (impressions in British Museum).
Literature: Popham, Fenwick, p. 70, no. 5; the same, Windsor, under no. 945.
- Not on display
- Previous owner
Previous owner/ex-collection: William Young Ottley (his mount; T Philipe, 14.vi.1814/892 as Orsi 'One - an elegant ornamental design of boys - fine pen and bistre, on brown paper, heightened. According to some accounts, this artist was originally a scholar of Correggio. - He posessed great fancy, and merits a rank amongst the greatest designers of his time' bt ? £2-6-0)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Sir Thomas Lawrence (L.2445)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Samuel Woodburn (Christie's, 8.vi.1860/part of lot 870 'Various specimens, by PAGANI, MARCHETTI, L. LOTTI, &c.', 6 in the lot, bt Phillipps £0-18-0)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Sir Thomas Phillipps
Previous owner/ex-collection: Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick
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