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The Infant St John the Baptist; reclining to left, leaning on his right elbow, trees indicated behind
Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash
Turner and Plazzotta 1991
He leans on a bank to the left, supporting himself on his right elbow, in the crook of which rests his reed cross; his left arm passes across his body and in his left hand he holds a (?)bowl; he looks downwards.
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Height: 138 millimetres
Width: 155 millimetres (sheet made up)
- Curator's comments
- Turner and Plazzotta 1991
A slight but characteristic example of the artist's work; compare the drawing of 'St Nicholas of Bari' in the Mahon Collection, on loan to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Mahon and Ekserdjian, 1986, no. 47).
Literature: Mahon and Ekserdjian, Guercino Drawings from the Collections of Denis Mahon and the Ashmolean Museum, exh. cat., Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 29 April-22 June 1986, and London, Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, 15 October-12 November 1986.
- 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.
'Hone' - according to inscription on back of mount.
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