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Four men and a boy in Oriental costume making music; one at right with a drum
Pen and brown ink, on light grey-brown prepared paper, with two pieces overlaid
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Height: 102 millimetres
Width: 166 millimetres
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- Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 303
See Pp,4.79. Pugliatti suggested that the drawing may be contemporary with Tassi's 'quadratura' frescoes in the Sala Regia in the Palazzo Quirinale, Rome, in which figures from different parts of the world, including Turks and Orientals, appear behind balconies at the top of the walls, though these figures were painted by other artists, with Tassi painting only the architecture (see 1963,0209.2). Moreover, she suggested that the inscription is possibly in the artist's hand and that the "15" [See Inscription] might refer to the year the drawing was made (1977, p. 148). This claim seems to us unlikely: both the artist's name and the numbers were more probably added by a later owner of the drawing.
Literature: Hess, 1935, pp. 36-7 and fig.xxxvB; Pugliatti, 1977, p. 148 and fig. 221.
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