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Woman and child sitting on a cloud after a drawing by Guercino in the Witt Collection; female figure sitting almost to front, right arm raised and pointing upwards, head turned to right and looking at a nude infant sitting beside her. 1794
Pen and black ink, with brown wash
Turner and Plazzotta 1991
Her body is turned slightly to the left and she looks back over her left shoulder at the nude infant who returns her gaze; with her right arm she points upwards.
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Height: 269 millimetres
Width: 229 millimetres
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- Turner and Plazzotta 1991
Shipster, about whom very little is known, was principally an engraver and pupil of Bartolozzi. Although he is usually described as having flourished in London between 1796 and 1799, 1986,0621.11-13, 1872,0608.530 and 1986,0621.9 are all dated 1794, establishing a slightly earlier date for his activities as an artist.
As Mahon was the first to point out, 1986,0621.12 is after a drawing by Guercino in the Witt Collection, Courtauld Institute Galleries, London (inv. no. 1355; Hammer, et al., 1977, no. 35).
Literature: Blunt, Hand-list of the Drawings in the Witt Collection, London University, London, 1956, p. 76; Hammer, O'Hair and Neill, Drawings by Guercino and other Baroque Masters, exh. cat., London, Courtauld Institute Galleries February-March 1977, no. 35.
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