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Head of a young boy holding a book: P.14814-R

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Current Location: In storage


Head of a young boy holding a book


Printmaker: Green, Benjamin
Draughtsman: Bossi, Benigno (After)




Soft-ground etching on laid paper. Head and shoulders of a boy with unkempt, dark hair, directed towards the right, head turned three-quarters towards the viewer and holding an open book before him at the far right with one hand visible. This is a copy in reverse by Benjamin Green after a print dated 1758 by Benigno Bossi, from his series, 'Raccolta di teste' ['Collection of heads'] (1755-1789). Scratched below the image border at lower left: 'Louthenburg Del' and at lower right: 'B Green Sc.'. Inscription in graphite on the verso: '6'. This number clearly relates to Bossi's 'Raccolta di teste' series, as the original is number 6 of 43. This is a scratched letter proof state. The attribution to the artist Philip James de Loutherbourg, 'Louthenburg del' is not only incorrectly spelled but also erroneous. Green was also making copies after prints by de Loutherbourg around the same date that he was copying Bossi, so this is probably a mistake made by a studio assistant. The prints by Green after de Loutherbourg and Bossi held at the British Museum have engraved production details rather than scratched and with the correct spelling of de Loutherbourg. See Notes.

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by unknown


18th century
1770 - 1780


Height 96mm (plate) x width 76mm (plate); height 99mm (sheet) x width 79mm (sheet)

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Techniques used in production

Soft-ground etching

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14814-R
Primary reference Number: 225423
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Created: Wednesday 5 September 2018 Updated: Monday 7 January 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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