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The Assumption of the Virgin with St Francis and St Clare; Virgin borne up by angels, cherubim above, saints kneeling in adoration in front of a stone altar, St Clare holding a crucifix in her left hand at r, a figure at left with arm outstretched. c.1605
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white on blue-green paper
- Production date
- 1605 (circa)
Height: 309 millimetres
Width: 167 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A study for Boscoli's altarpiece in the church of San Francesco in San Ginesio (Macerata), produced c.1605 at the very end of the artist's time in the Marche (see Bastogi, pp. 270-1, no. 42). This is the first of three surviving studies for the composition, all of which are now in the BM's collection (see also P&D 1946,0713.279 and 1947,0116.29). The frontal character of this composition had been eliminated by the time the latter of these two was produced, the next in the sequence, and it was rejected thereon.
Lit.: J. Brooks, 'The Drawings of Andrea Boscoli' (unpublished Ph.D. thesis, Worcester College, University of Oxford 1999), I, p. 355; idem, 'Boscoli in the Marches, a drawing and a document for a lost commission', "Apollo", CLVII, March 2003, p. 5, n. 7; N. Bastogi, 'Andrea Boscoli', Florence, 2008, pp. 317-8, no. 201 (as 'location unknown').
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2007 June-Nov. BM, Recent Acquisitions Part I, no cat.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The gold mount may be that of Sir Joshua Reynolds' as his collector's mark straddles the edge of the drawing and this mount.
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.
The auction catalogue (Sotheby's 10.vii.2002/111) attributes the unidentified collector's mark (intertwined 'CMH') to Cecil & Milton Hebald (whose initials are indeed CMH)
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