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Two male figures: 3129

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Two male figures


Attributed to Passarotti, Bartolommeo (Draughtsman)
And studio Rubens, Peter Paul (Draughtsman)


History note: J. Richardson Sr. (Lugt 2184); Thomas Hudson (Lugt 2432); Sir Charles Grevill (Lugt 549 (verso)); sale, Christie's, 21 May 1896, part of lot 355, (as from the Houlditch collection, together with no. 3130), bought by Clough

Measurements and weight

Height: 362 mm
Width: 244 mm

Relative size of this object

24.4 m36.2 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1913) by Clough, G.T.


Appears to have been retouched by Rubens. Jaffé considered the underlying drawing to be Italian [circle of Baccio Bandinelli]; Royalton-Kish considered the drawing to be from Rubens' studio, perhaps by Jan Boeckhorst or Gasper de Crasyer, corrected by Rubens. Jeremy Wood considers this to by Passarotti.

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Materials used in production

Brown ink
Brown wash
White bodycolour

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( buff)

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Pen and brown ink, retouched with wash, heightened with white bodycolour on buff paper

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 3129
Primary reference Number: 5110
Lugt: 2184
Lugt: 2432
Lugt: 549
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 9 August 2021 Last processed: Monday 9 August 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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