Reclining Putto by Guercino

A reclining putto, looking down to left, study for a frieze.

Details

Medium:
Red chalk on paper
Dimensions:
15.2 x 20.7 cm
Acquired in:
1951

He leans to the left, supporting himself on his right elbow; he looks downwards towards the left, while his left arm is raised to support what appears to be a drapery, the end of which billows out in front of him. Part of an album of drawings belonging to Lord James Cavendish MP (d 1741), son of the second Duke of Devonshire (1665-1729), founder of the great collection of drawings at Chatsworth. The collection of drawings form an interesting relic of the great age of collecting in England.

Provenance

Collection of Lord James Cavendish

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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