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Queen Esther before King Ahasuerus (Artaxerxes) of Persia, after a drawing by Guercino formerly in the Fowell Buxton Collection (now University of Michigan Museum); at left male figure seated and holding the hand of one of two female figures standing at r. 1794
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash
Verso: Figure studies; including whole-length military figure seen from behind
Graphite, with pen and brown ink
Turner and Plazzotta 1991
Ahasuerus, bearded and wearing a turban, is seated on the left, in profile to the right; with his left hand he reaches out to take the limp wrist of Esther, who swoons on the right, supported from behind by another woman.
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Height: 256 millimetres
Width: 297 millimetres
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- Turner and Plazzotta 1991
As Mahon pointed out (note on the verso), Shipster's drawing is after one by Guercino, formerly in the Fowell Buxton collection, sold at Sotheby's, London, 23 March 1978, lot 157 (repr.), and now in the University of Michigan Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan (inv. no. 1978/2.41). That drawing is one of a series that Guercino made in preparation for the painting of the subject, which dates from 1637-9 and is now also in the University of Michigan Museum (Salerno, 1988, no. 180).
Literature: Salerno, I Dipinti del Guercino, Rome 1988.
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