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The Holy Family with St John the Baptist; John the Baptist standing in front of Joseph (left) and leaning over to embrace the Christ child who stretches across the knees of the Virgin Mary (seated right). 1814
Graphite, red chalk, pen ink and wash.
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Height: 200 millimetres
Width: 163 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The drawing is mounted on a sheet of watermarked paper with a border (handpainted and ruled) in black and grey tones.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- John Christian did not retain an invoice related to this drawing. However, his files contain a handwritten note which states that a large batch of Richard Cosway's drawings were acquired by Commander Gerald Barnett from the Cosway Foundation at Lodi and sold by him to DS Lavender who sold the drawings to Bob Wood who then sold some of these drawings to Alec Stirling: "from whom I acquired the two Holy Families c.1998-2000 (the second one was bought when we were in --- Rd.).
Christian's note suggests that this drawing was among the works acquired by Barnett from the Cosway Foundation at Lodi although this is not fully documented.
John Christian's notes also include a short article related to New York Drawings Week January 2010 which states that five drawings on religious subjects by Cosway were exhibited at Trinity Fine Art.
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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