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Painting Title Bas Relief of Five Putti (Grisaille Sketch)
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to studio of Bruyn, Theodore de (Dutch painter, 1730-1804, active in Great Britain)
Date Earliest possibly about 1794
Date Latest possibly about 1800
Description This painting is created in a technique called 'en grisaille', which means in a greyscale, without any other colours. The technique imitates sculpture, so the depiction looks like a bas-relief. It shows five putti playing a game, tossing or flicking flattened pebbles or counters into a hole. The best-known exponent of this technique was Jacob de Wit (1695-1754). However another identical depiction of this subject, but of a higher artistic quality, was sold at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago on 1st February 2009 (sale 102, lot 160). It was signed and dated (1794?) and the signature remained unread and assumed to be 'T. de Pa...'. Richard Green has suggested it was in fact 'T. de Bruyn', so the author would be Theodore de Bruyn, Dutch painter and decorator, active in England at the turn of 18th and 19th centuries. YORAG : 1213 seems to be a studio replica of the painting sold in Chicago, probably created around the same time.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 1213
Subject figure
Measurements 76.2 x 106.7 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Transferred from The Yorkshire Museum 1971.
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 120 as c. 1800; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 344 as by unknown artist.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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