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Judith with the head of Holofernes; standing and looking away to right, holding the head on a cloth by the hair, with an old female servant beside her to left, leaning inwards solicitously; said to be after Guido Reni.
- Production date
- 1682-1725 (circa)
Height: 280 millimetres
Width: 213 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is presumably after the painting Pepper describes in Appendix I, no. C11, which was listed as 'Giudetta con la serva'; in a private collection in New York. An anonymous copy in the reverse direction to this is catalogued by Bartsch under 'School of Reni'. G.G.Bertela in the Bologna catalogue ('Incisori Bolognesi ed Emiliani del XVIIs', 1973, cat.929; see U,3.4 for an impression) suggests that it might be by Giovanni Andrea Sirani.
Nicholas Stogdon (Christopher Lennox-Boyd database) notes that another example in which text has been insufficiently erased from a previous use of the plate is a mezzotint of Pyramus and Thisbe (CLB P38349).
States [recorded by Ganz]
(i) published by Cooper; this state; traces of Cooper's excudit from a previous use of the plate in landscape format are visible in the left edge: 'Cooper ex.'.
(ii) inscription erased and replaced with a title only: 'Judith and Holofernes'; the traces of Cooper's address in the left edge of the image still clearly visible
Other impressions: Paris BN Cd 4 fol. 16 no. 19 (i); Boston MFA (i); London BM 2010,7081.167 (ii)
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Friends of the British Museum, the Art Fund, Mrs Charles Wrightsman, the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, and numerous individual donors.
- Prints and Drawings
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