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Cleopatra greeting Antony; attendants and a ship behind at l, soldiers standing by statues of sphinxes at r
Pen and black ink, with grey wash and watercolour, over black chalk, squared for transfer
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Height: 269 millimetres
Width: 361 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See report to Trustees, dated 2 May 1947 by Edward Croft-Murray. The drawings were acquired as being by the XVIIc decorative painter, Tommaso Costa (1635-1690) and as important forerunners of the later work by the Tiepolos and others.
They are in fact by Tommaso Costa the XVIIIc Venetian artist who died in 1773.
U. Thieme and E. Becker, 'Allgemeines Kunstler-Lexikon', revd by K.G. Sauer, 21 (Munich and Leipzig 1999) 456, s.v.Tommaso Costa.
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- Acquisition notes
- The Sotheby catalogue lists this under 'Various properties'. The report to the Trustees dated 2 May 1947 states that they had earlier been seen by Popham when in a private collection.
This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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