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A sleeping dog with long, flowing tail
Black and red chalk
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- 1662-1664 (c.)
Height: 93 millimetres
Width: 110 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Formerly placed as anonymous Italian XVIc. According to Popham: 'difficult to place, probably Flemish in the circle of Rubens. It might be however by an artist like Federico Zuccaro'.
Mena Marqués has recently attributed it to Murillo. The following is taken from Mena Marqués 2015:
This drawing belonged to Sir Thomas Phillips, from whose collection came some of the best Murillo drawings in the BM, so this gives a clue to the attribution.
The drawing mixes skillfully the red and black chalk strokes, and the way the artist uses it is paralleled in some of the scarce preparatory drawings for Murillo paintings, like the 'Study for head of a man in profile' (Princeton University Art Museum; Mena Marqués 2015, no.5) or the 'Child Jesus slept over the Cross (1858,0724.1; Mena Marqués 2015, no.40)
There is no absolute certainty in the attribution of this drawing to Murillo, nor in its identification as a preparatory study for the dog in 'The Patrician's Dream' (1664-65, Prado, P994) or the one in 'Jacob and the flocks of Laban' (1663, Meadows Museum, Dallas, MM.67.27), but the proposal has a stylistic and technical basis strong enough to put forward the attribution in her catalogue. That said, the quality of the hand, plus the technical characteristics that are more related to XVIIc than XVIc, where it was placed before, reveal an evident naturalism, sharp and direct, that links it to a Spanish drawing style more than Italian or Flemish.
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