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A group of men, women and children at a cliff face, looking to right, after Domenico Feti, formerly in an album
- Production date
Height: 266 millimetres
Width: 202 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See also Curator's comment in 1988,1105.91(1).
Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 232
Close in style to 1963,1109.30, which also comes from the same album. Like the preceding drawing, it too is a copy of a detail from an engraving in David Teniers's 'Theatrum pictorium'. The figures are of the spectators surrounding the parents of Andromeda, to the left of the print by Quirin Böl after Domenico Fetti's painting 'Perseus and Andromeda', in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (inv.no.7722; Demus, 1973, pl.48; Mantua, 1996, no. 17), which is issued as Ff,2.183 in the Teniers series, and reversing the composition of the painting. The Vienna picture is now cut on the right so that the group of bystanders and spectators surrounding Andromeda's parents is lost. Böl's reversed print of the whole design therefore provides the only surviving record of this lost detail. Mola's drawing shows only the spectators on the cliff and not the wailing figures of Andromeda's parents and their companions standing on the sea shore immediately below.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1964, BM, Recent Acquisitions, no.17
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From an album of chiefly 17th-century Italian drawings, with a 19th-century binding inscribed: "CHALKS"; on the back fly-leaf: "Broke Hall". The entire album was purchased using £240 donated to the BM by Sotheby's. Some drawings were mounted at the time of acquisition by the Museum (1963,1109.29-31, 1963,1109.26-27, 1963,1109.24-25); the remainder was registered in 1988 (see 1988,1105.91 and sub-numbers).
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