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A horseman fighting a dragon
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash
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Height: 138 millimetres
Width: 190 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Compare the silver-point drawing in the Ashmolean of the same subject. The horseman occurs in the background of the unfinished 'Adoration of the Magi' in the Uffizi, and that must date this drawing c.1481 (from Popham's report to the Trustees). There is a copy of this drawing in the Ambrosiana (Braun photo 75043).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2003 Jan-April, New York, Met Mus of Art, 'Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman'
2009/10 Oct-Jan, Atlanta, High Museum of Art, Leonardo da Vinci
2013, Aug-Dec, Venice, Gallerie dell' Accademia, 'Dall'Uomo Vitruviano'
2015 Apr-Jul, Milan, Palazzo Reale, 'Leonardo 1452-1519'
2019-2020 24 Oct-24 Feb, Paris, Musée du Louvre, Léonard de Vinci
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- Acquisition notes
- See Popham's report to the Trustees dated 29th September 1952, and associated letters in the Letter Book. This and two other drawings (1952,1011.3 and 4) all came from a small album, jointly owned by Mrs Reavell and her sister Mrs Violet E.Davis, who were entirely unaware of what they were. Two drawings by Lambert Lombard were later acquired from this same album (1953, 0103.3 and 4).
The letter book contains much information about the provenance of the album. It was inherited by Mrs Reavell and her sister (both Née Haydon) from their grandfather George Henry Haydon (1822-91), an early explorer of Australia (1840-5), on whom see the Australian Dictionary of National Biography. Inside the album was a letter from Haydon to a friend dated 18 December 1890 (transcript in letter book): 'Dear Mr Roberts, Here is an item culled from my 'rubbish heap' - so called. If I thought it rubbish I should not ask you to accept it. It seems to me there is very good work in it, good enough for masters in the art. It is authentic that it came from David Garrick's collection, through his widow, who only died 1831-2. At her death it passed to a man I know well, and from him to me some time in the sixties. Don't be turned aside because some of the work is indifferent - 'W.Sharpe' engraver? Did the book ever belong to him? With every good wish for you and yours, this coming season. Yours always, G.H.Haydon'.
Whether this evidence is adequate to establish the Garrick provenance firmly is uncertain.
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