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Caricature of a standing man holding a wide-brimmed hat; whole-length to right, his right hand on his hip, another sketch of head and shoulders to right
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk
In the top right corner is an alternative study, in brush and wash alone, of the figure's head and right shoulder. There are also several pentimenti in the black chalk underdrawing, most notably for the position of the figure's hat.
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Height: 255 millimetres
Width: 172 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Lit.: N. Turner, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Roman Baroque Drawings', London, 1999, I, no. 226
The traditional identification of the subject as the Neapolitan painter Salvator Rosa (1615-73) mav weu be correct; compare the artist's features in the portrait print by Giovan Battista Bonacina (Salerno, 1975, p. 83, repr.), where he is similarly shown in profile to the right, with long hair, pencil moustache and haughty expression. Payne Knight, to whom the drawing was evidently given by a certain Abbé Gersaint, possessed a fine group of drawings by Salvator Rosa and he probably accepted the traditional identification of the caricature. Gersaint could have been Nicolas Gersaint (b. 1728), the son of the famous Parisian art dealer Edme-François Gersaint (1694-1750).
Harris (1992) doubted the attribution of the drawing to Mola.
Literature: Lugano and Rome, 1989-90, no.III.91; Harris, 1992, p. 221.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1989/90 Dec-Jan, Museo Capitolini, Rome, 'Mola'
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- Acquisition notes
- Inscribed by Crozat: "2"at the lower right.
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