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A Philosopher pointing to the ground, a youth beside him: PD.100-1992

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Current Location: In storage


A Philosopher pointing to the ground, a youth beside him


Draughtsman: Rosa, Salvator




History note: Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, his mount with the attribution 'Salvator Rossa' in the hand formerly identified as William Kent, by descent to Viscount Coke; his sale, Christie's, 2 July 1991, lot 46; Dr J. O' Brien, Connecticut, U.S.A., from whom purchased

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With contributions from the Bartlett Fund, the National Art Collections Fund and the Foundation for Sport and the Arts.

Measurements and weight

Height: 309 mm
Width: 223 mm

Relative size of this object

22.3 m30.9 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1992) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Generally considered to be a study for the painting 'Diogenes discarding his bowl', of 1652, a pendant to 'Democritus', painted in 1651, both of which are now in Copenhagen.

School or Style


Materials used in production

Brown ink
Brown wash

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( laid down)

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Pen and brown ink, brown wash, over traces of black lead, on paper, laid down

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Salvator Rossa
  • Location: Mount, verso
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: No 17
  • Location: Mount, verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.100-1992
Primary reference Number: 7819
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Monday 19 December 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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