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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1934,0113.1

  • Description

    The Virtuoso; interior of a large room or gallery with decorative ceiling, with sculptures from the Parthenon placed on the ground and set into the wall, a man holding a book at a desk on which are two busts and vases, in the foreground to right are several portfolios stacked against a sculpture, beyond two columns, further books and cases with vases. 1833 Watercolour

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1833
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 510 millimetres
    • Width: 722 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed and dated: "J.STEPHANOFF 1833"
  • Curator's comments

    When this drawing was exhibited at the Old Water-colour Society in 1833, it was titled 'The Virtuoso', with the description: 'the surrounding antiquities are a selection from the Elgin Marbles, The Hamilton Vase, and the Mosaic pavements in the British Museum; on the walls are the metopes, representing the battle of the Centaurs and Lipithae; underneath is the celebrated frieze; on the left of the picture is the mutiliated group of the Fates; opposite to which are the remains of the statues of Ceres and Proserpine; and on the table stands the marble bust of Pericles, under whose direction the Parthenon was erected.'
    The room is very loosely based on the temporary Elgin gallery in the British Museum as depicted in a drawing by Frederick Mackenzie (1788-1854), later engraved by Charles Heath for his Views of London in 1825 (P&D 1936,0511.103). See A H Smith, Lord Elgin and His Collection and especially exhibition catalogue 1992 Jun-Nov, Villa Hugel, Essen, 'London 1800-38', no. 364b and article by Ian Jenkins 'James Stephanoff and the British Museum' in Apollo, March 195, pp. 174 ff. See also the other related drawings by Stephanoff in the BM.

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  • Location

    Not on display (British Atlas PV)

  • Exhibition history

    1833 Old Water-colour Society's annual exhibition
    1992 Jun-Nov, Essen, Villa Hugel, 'London 1800-38', no. 364b

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1934

  • Acquisition notes

    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.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1934,0113.1

The Virtuoso; interior of a large room or gallery with decorative ceiling, with sculptures from the Parthenon placed on the ground and set into the wall, a man holding a book at a desk on which are two busts and vases, in the foreground to r are several p

The Virtuoso; interior of a large room or gallery with decorative ceiling, with sculptures from the Parthenon placed on the ground and set into the wall, a man holding a book at a desk on which are two busts and vases, in the foreground to r are several p

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