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Portrait of a youth as a shepherd, traditionally said to be Abraham Cowley, after the picture by Sir Peter Lely; bust, nearly in profile to left, chin slightly upwards
Red chalk, strengthened with graphite and black chalk
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Height: 207 millimetres
Width: 181 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- T. Barber, 'Mary Beale', exh. Geffrye Museum, London, 1999, no.27 notes that Lely's arcadian 'Portrait of a Boy', c. 1658-60, now in Dulwich Picture Gallery, might have been in the Beales' collection. It was first recorded by Walpole in the collection of Mr Lovidond at Hampton Court who owned several paintings that had once belonged to Mrs Beale. Copying old master paintings was part of an artist's training. On 27 February 1676/7 Charles Beale the elder borrowed '6 Italian Drawings of the most famous Masters out of the King's Matie Collection for my Sonns to practise by'. She also notes that Mary also made copies and more of Charles Beale's drawings than have currently been identified are based on works by Mary or others, rather than original compositions.
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This drawing was issued as a coloured facsimile by the British Museum in 'Reproductions of Drawings by Old Masters in the British Museum', Part III, Published by the Trustees, in 1893 where it was number X and described there as 'Mary Beale, Portrait of Abraham Cowley.'
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1999/00 Sep-Jan, London, Geffrye Museum, Mary Beale
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