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The Holy women tending St Sebastian who lies on the ground
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over red chalk
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Height: 200 millimetres
Width: 252 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', London, 1935, pp. 161-2, no. 4 (as Sacchi); N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 184
On entering the museum with the Phillipps-Fenwick collection, the drawing was registered as the work of Sacchi, but was transferred to Maratti or a close follower in November 1992. Despite certain weaknesses such as in the foreshortening of the torso of St Sebastian, which also occurs in other works by Maratti, such as Pp,5.126, the drawing seems to be autograph. It may also be compared stylistically with 'Mercury Presenting the Infant Bacchus to the Nymphs' (1963,1109.28) and may therefore date from the 1670s or 1680s.
Literature: Popham, 1935, I, pp. 162-3, no. 4 (as Sacchi).
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