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A landscape composition, after the landscape of Titian's "Martyrdom of St Peter": 3156

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A landscape composition, after the landscape of Titian's "Martyrdom of St Peter"


Draughtsman: Tempesta, Pietro, Cavalier




History note: Marquis de Lagoy (1764-1829) (Lugt 1710, twice, in black and blind, bottom R., purchased by Woodburn from Lagoy c. 1820 (?), see under Lugt 1710); Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) (Lugt 2445, bottom left (case 2, drawer 1, according to Lawrence Inventory (typewritten copy in B.M.); S. Woodburn (1786-1853); Woodburn's sale, Christie's, (8th June), 1860, lot 963, bt. Morant (£4.4.0); R.P. Roupell (1798-1886) (Lugt 2234, inscription in his hand and with his initials, preserved on backing); Roupell Sale, Christie's, 12 July 1887, lot 858, bt. Knowles (£2 10s 0d); Sir James Knowles (1831-1908) his sale, Christie's, 27 May 1908, lot 180, together with another drawing, bt. Clough (£1 10s 0d)

Measurements and weight

Height: 420 mm
Width: 300 mm

Place(s) associated

  • Genoa

Acquisition and important dates

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


Or possibly Carlo Antonio Tavella

School or Style


Materials used in production

Brown ink
Brown wash

Components of the work

Support composed of paper (fibre product) ( stuck down, various creases and damage, mainly in centre and at bottom right)

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Point of the brush, brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white (partly oxidised), on paper, stuck down

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: partly obliterated

  • Text: Tempesta
  • Location: Bottom left
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Grosvenor Gallery Exhibition, 1878-9
  • Location: Backing
  • Method of creation: Label, graphite
  • Text: R.P.R. / Titiano / Purchased at Woodburns Sale 1860 at Christie's, / Coll. Legoy (sic.). Sir T. Lawrence /. This was one of the drawings by Titian selected by / Messr. Woodburn for the Lawrence Gallery exhibition in / May 1836. It is described in the catalogue No. 71 as follows / a noble landscape - being the first study of the landscape / for the celebrated St. Peter Martyr, in which the light is differently arranged and before the tree with the round - / was introduced. This splendid drawing appears to be a / careful study from nature the trees are closer at the Top / which in the picture is thrown open to the sky from which the / angels descend with the palm branch of martyrdom. Bistre / wash heightened with white. Superb. size 163/4 x 12. / From the collection of the Marquis Legoy (sic.) (in Roupell's hand)
  • Location: Backing
  • Method of creation: Label, ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 3156
Primary reference Number: 7966
Lugt: 1710
Lugt: 2445
Lugt: 2234
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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