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Two figure studies: 2176

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Two figure studies
Two men in cloaks, one with a large brimmed hat
Drapery study for St. Francis Xavier


Rubens, Peter Paul (Draughtsman)


History note: Gelande Habert; Padre Sebastiano Resta (Lugt 2992 and Lugt 2992a) [G.M. Marchetti, Bishop of Arezzo; Chevalier Marchetti da Pistoja]; probably Lord Somers; J. Richardson Sr. (Lugt 2184); Thomas Hudson (Lugt 2432); Andrew Geddes, deposited with Sir Thomas Lawrence, returned in 1831 by A.Keightley to Geddes*; W. Russell (Lugt 2648), his Sale, Christie's, 11 December 1884, part of lot 423, bt. Parsons; Sir J.C. Robinson his sale, Christie's, 14 May 1902, part of lot 348, bt. Rickett (£5); Ricketts and Shannon Collection

Measurements and weight

Height: 428 mm
Width: 241 mm

Relative size of this object

24.1 m42.8 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood


Connected to the Miracle of St Francis Xavier, painted for the Church of San Carlo Borromeo, Antwerp, now in Vienna

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Materials used in production

Black chalk

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Black chalk on damaged white paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: de Backere (?Rubens' hand)
  • Location: Upper left
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: [A]nnibale Carracci, ma / Studio di Rubens / Habé scol. o di Vandic [K] / [l'hab or eb] bu in Roma nella morta d'un fiamen [go]... suo herede.. (in Padre Resta's hand)
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: 2176
Primary reference Number: 5099
Lugt: 2992
Lugt: 2992a
Lugt: 2184
Lugt: 2432
Lugt: 2648
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Friday 16 July 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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