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Study of a male nude figure with scale of proportions: PD.122-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Study of a male nude figure with scale of proportions


Draughtsman: Passarotti, Bartolommeo




History note: ?Ercole Lelli (see below) (1702-1766); Francesco Albergati Capacelli (1728-1804); given amongst an album of drawings to Stanislas Augustus II of Poland (1732-1798) in 1776, given to his nephew, Stanislas Poniatowski (1757-1833); his sale, Christie's, 3rd day, 29 May 1840, lot 938, as Michelangelo; bt. Tiffin (£16 5s 6d); W. Russell (1800-1884); his sale, Christie's, 10-12 December 1884, lot 283, together with another copy (as Michelangelo); R.P. Roupell (1795-1886) (does not seem to be mentioned in his sale, Christie's, 13-14 July 1887); Sir E.J. Poynter (Lugt 874 and inscribed on inner mount, E.J.P. 1887); his sale, Sotheby's, 24 April 1918, lot 80, as Michelangelo; bt. Agnew (£96) for Charles B.O. Clarke; Louis C.G. Clarke

Legal notes

Bequeathed 1960.

Measurements and weight

Height: 446 mm
Width: 299 mm

Acquisition and important dates

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


There is a scale of proportions running down the right hand side and in the lower left corner there is a diagram of proportions with a skeleton head and left shoulder drawn in

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Materials used in production

Brown ink
Black chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Pen, brown ink and black chalk on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Uno terzio
  • Location: Centre right
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: Uno terzio
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Inscription present: a diagram with an extended explanation of the larger drawing, extensively annotated

  • Location: Left

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.122-1961
Primary reference Number: 7664
Lugt: 874
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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