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An old beggar with a stick, holding a hat, in profile to right: PD.25-1969

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Current Location: In storage


An old beggar with a stick, holding a hat, in profile to right


Draughtsman: Della Bella, Stefano




History note: Earl Spencer (Lugt 1530); from an album of drawings an prints by Della Bella and his followers, several of which belonged to Nicola Francesco Haym (Lugt 1970) and Lord Spencer; Christie's, 1 July, 1969, part of lot 46, repr., bt. Colnaghi for the Museum (£320)

Measurements and weight

Height: 131 mm
Width: 78 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1969) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Production date: before AD 1640 : possibly dates from before 1640 on account of its similarity with Callot's work


A study in reverse for the beggar in the etching (De V.162), one of a series of 9 prints of single figures, untitled. (De V. 156-164). The Print has in the background two small studies of women with babies and is smaller (80 x 60 mm)

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Materials used in production

Brown ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( laid down on old mount)

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Pen, brown ink on paper laid down on old mount

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: with Spencer shelf-mark?

  • Text: A/No.45
  • Location: Old mount, verso
  • Text: So della Bella
  • Location: Old mount, recto
  • Text: S: della Bella
  • Location: Old mount, verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.25-1969
Primary reference Number: 7103
Lugt: 1530
Lugt: 1970
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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