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Two putti holding the arms of Camillo Pamphili, study for a relief; foliate scrolls behind, octagonal
Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash, over black chalk
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Height: 177 millimetres
Width: 122 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 3
This is a study for the stucco relief in the octagon in the centre of the ceiling of the Galleria di Ercole, showing two winged putti bearing the arms of Camillo Pamphilj (Montagu, 1985, II, fig. 92); for the decoration of the gallery, see 1946,0713.1383. Among the differences is that, in the relief, the putto carrying the Cardinal's hat also holds a baton, symbol of Pamphilj's position as governor of the Papal States (Batorska, 1975, p. 26, n. 7), and the tips of a Maltese Cross are visible behind the entire group. Camillo Pamphilj was appointed to the Order of Malta early in May 1645 (Montagu, 1985, 1, p. 252, n. 97), and the absence of die cross in the present drawing suggests that it was made shortly before that date.
Literature: Vitzthum, 1963(a), p. 76, fig. 2; Vitzthum, 1966(a), fig. 2; Raggio, 1971, p. 11, fig. 15a; Montagu, 1985, I, pp. 103-4, n.109, fig. 109, II, p. 455, under no.A.198(0), and p.482, no.47; Popham and Lloyd, 1986, pp.29-30, no. 36; Griffiths and Turner, 1992, pp. 71-2; London, Birmingham and elsewhere, 1992-3, no. 1; Edinburgh, 1998, no. 141.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1992/3 Nov-May, Holkham Tour
1995-6 Nov-Apr, BM, Recent Acquisitions (no cat.)
1998 Jun-Sep, Edinburgh, Nat Gall of Scotland, 'Roman Baroque Sculpture & Design'
1999 Jan-April, Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizione, 'Alessandro Algardi'
2003/4 Dec-April, BM, NACF exhibition
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- Acquisition notes
- The drawing passed by descent from the 1st Earl of Leicester to Viscount Coke.
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