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A girl seated, knitting, with a white handkerchief on her head (a stocking maker): P.15023-R

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Current Location: In storage


A girl seated, knitting, with a white handkerchief on her head (a stocking maker)


Printmaker: Okey, Samuel
Publisher: Okey, Samuel
Painter: Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban (After)




After a painting by an unknown artist, attributed to Murillo ('Merrellio') in the 18th century, but which by the late nineteenth century was categorised (along with a companion painting of a young girl making lace also reproduced in mezzotint by Okey, see BM 2010,7081.2657), as 'doubtful and spurious' (William Stirling Maxwell, Essay towards a catalogue of prints engraved from the works of Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez and Bartolome? Este?ban Murillo (London, 1873), p.137). Three-quarter-length, seated and facing left. A ball of cloth on her lap, knitting with bone needles, yarn over her knee. A stick resting inside her left elbow. She wears a pale shawl around her head and there is a large hole in her dress on the sleeve of her left arm.


History note: VanSittart gave 1,485 engravings to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1879 and this mezzotint was probably included within this group. The number written in pen and ink on the verso presumably relates to Vansittart's own cataloguing system and the number written in graphite on the verso to some kind of count by curators at the time of the acquisition.

Legal notes

Given by Augustus Arthur VanSittart, ?1879

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by VanSittart, Augustus Arthur


18th Century#
Circa 1760 - Circa 1770


Mezzotint. Finished state. Inscribed in italics with artists' names at lower left: 'Merrellio [Murillo] pinx.t' and lower right: 'S. Okey Jun.r sculp.'. Engraved in italics and closed letters: 'From a PICTURE in the Possession of Edw.d Athawes Esq.r / Publish'd according to Act of Parliament, by S. Okey, No.12 Great Carter Lane, Doctors Commons'. Inscribed on the verso in pen and ink: '9109' and in large script in graphite: '520' / 'm 4'. Inscribed in graphite: 'Vansittart Collection'.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.15023-R
Primary reference Number: 240085
Stirling Maxwell (Murillo): p.137
Chaloner Smith: undescribed
Nagler (Künstler-Lexicon): undescribed
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Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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