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Two muses, after Filippino Lippi; leaning either side of a plinth bearing a stringed instrument
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Height: 288 millimetres
Width: 214 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Copy commissioned by Ottley for his 1826 publication of early Italian paintings 'A Series of Plates'. This drawing by Piroli, an Italian draughtsman also employed by John Flaxman to engrave his drawings for the 'Iliad' and the 'Odyssey', records frescoed figures by Filippino Lippi in the Strozzi Chapel, S. Maria Novella, Florence. The engraving after this drawing by Sartain is pl. LI in Ottley's publication. A companion drawing by Piroli of Lippi's figure of Parthenice from the same chapel, not engraved in 1826, was owned by David B. Brown (Brigstocke 2010, no. 47, p. 403).
The BM drawing is from a portfolio of drawings associated with Ottley's study of Italian art during his time in Italy in 1791-1799 that was acquired by John Appleby in the 1970s, for other works from the same source see Brigstocke's catalogue pp. 372-437.
Lit.: H. Brigstocke, 'John Flaxman and William Young Ottley in Italy', "Walpole Society", 2010, pp. 402-403, illustrated p. 454
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- 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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