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  • Museum number


  • Description

    A standing man, and a seated man with beard and hat, both to front Silverpoint, heightened with white, on purple/pink prepared paper; outlines indented

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1485-1495 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 204 millimetres
    • Width: 222 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed on mount: "Sandro Botticelli"
  • Curator's comments

    An inscription in ink on Richardson's mount gives this to Botticelli. Popham and Pouncey suggest that the fantastic garments of the seated figure denote that he is a character in some theatrical enertainment or pageant. Lit.: B. Berenson, 'The Drawings of the Florentine Painters', Chicago, 1938, II, no. 849, p. 88 (as Davide Ghirlandaio); A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, 'Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries', London, 1950, I, no. 143 (with previous literature), II, pl. CXXXII; M. Fossi, in exhib. cat., Florence, Uffizi, 'Mostra di Disegni di Filippino Lippi e Piero di Cosimo', 1955, under no.65

    Popham & Pouncey 1950
    An inscription in ink on Richardson's mount ascribes the drawing to Botticelli. Berenson makes the suggestion that the fantastically garbed seated figure is meant to be S. Jerome. His costume and attitude suggest that he is in fact a character in some theatrical entertainment or pageant. The other figure, though less evidently theatrical (his clothes are more or less contemporary), has assumed an attitude perhaps equally histrionic.

    Literature: BB 849; B.M. Guide, 1858, no. 10.


  • Bibliography

    • Popham & Pouncey 1950 143 bibliographic details
    • Sell et al 2015 39 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian Roy XVc)

  • Exhibition history

    2015 May-Jul, Washington, National Gallery of Art, 'Drawing in Silver and Gold'
    2015 10 Sep-6 Dec, London, British Museum, 'Drawing in Silver and Gold'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Argyll provenance uncertain and is based entirely on the description in the sale catalogue. Popham & Pouncey 1950 J. Richardson, sen. (L. 2183 ; a sale number on the back of the mount, "(3?)—Nt 25", cannot refer to the third night of Richardson's sale, 24 Jan. 1747, since lot 25 consisted of prints)

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


A standing man, and a seated man with beard and hat, both to front Metalpoint, heightened with white, on pink prepared paper

A standing man, and a seated man with beard and hat, both to front Metalpoint, heightened with white, on pink prepared paper

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