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The Holy Family: PD.123-1961

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Current Location: In storage


The Holy Family
Two studies of a hand and forearm; Study of a child [erased]


Draughtsman: Parmigianino (Francesco Mazzola)




History note: Sir Peter Lely (Lugt 2092); the Earls of Pembroke; Pembroke sale, Sotheby's, 10 July 1917, lot 432, bt. Charles B.O. Clarke; Louis C.G. Clarke

Legal notes

Bequeathed 1960.

Measurements and weight

Height: 155 mm
Width: 144 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray

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Materials used in production

Brown ink
Brown wash

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Recto: pen, brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white verso: anatomical studies: red chalk; study of a child: pen and brown ink on paper

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in a contemporary hand

  • Text: Richi de ujater pour di do roba [?]
  • Location: Verso, upper left
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: Sir. P. Lely had an old sheet writt / concerning this drawing (in a 17th or 18th C. hand)
  • Location: Old mount, upper left
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Inscription present: with traces of an erased, indecipherable inscription

  • Text: Parmigianino from Vol 2nd No 50
  • Location: Old mount, lower right
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.123-1961
Primary reference Number: 7644
Lugt: 2092
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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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