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Cupid attacking the three Fates
Watercolour, touched with white, over graphite, on buff paper; indented for transfer
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Height: 275 millimetres
Width: 198 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing entered the collection with an attribution to Henry Bone. On 26 March 2007 Stephen Lloyd, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Cosway expert wrote to P&D: 'I can confirm that P&D has a Maria Cosway drawing (formerly attrib Henry Bone, ‘Cupid attacking the Three Fates’: acc no 1977-4-2-1). The Fondazione Cosway in Lodi owns a pair of etchings (with some aquatint), both lettered, Maria Cosway delt / Etch’d by Cardon [being A Cardon], and which can be dated to around 1800. These are unique impressions as far as I know. The paired subject shows ‘The Three Fates clipping Cupid’s Wings’. I will send you photocopies of these two images from Lodi.'
The photocopies will be kept in a dosier on the drawing and as the new attribution is convincing, the drawing will now be placed in the collection as Maria Cosway. KS 27 3 07
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- 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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