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 Unknown , A Man Holding a Volume of Casserius

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Title A Man Holding a Volume of Casserius
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Unknown
Previously attributed to school of Italian (Venetian) School
Date Earliest about 1760
Date Latest about 1790
Description A man is holding a volume by Julius Casserius (1552-1616), an Italian anatomist from Padua who gave the first detailed descriptions of the organs of speech and hearing. His texts are notable for their descriptive accuracy and detailed investigation into human and comparative anatomy. The book therefore implies that the sitter is a surgeon or anatomist. The dress and hair style suggest that the work dates from the late eighteenth century and may be either French or Italian.
Current Accession Number 45826i
Former Accession Number P 2893/1938
Subject portrait (?); interior; still life
Measurements 86.8 x 71.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Provenance In the collection of Lord Auckland (;); Sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 13 July 1928, lot 65 (;) as Portrait of an Office, in naval uniform, holding a book by 'B. West, P. R. A.'; in the collection of Henry Solomon Wellcome by 1928.
Notes 'Lord Auckland' is written on a label on the reverse. The auction catalogue for 1928 gives the size of this work as 29.5 x 24.5. It was not included in a sale on 17 July 1906 at Christie's, London of works from Auckland's collection. It is possible that it is the work by B. West in the auction catalogue, Sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 13 July 1928, lot 65 (;).
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn
 

 

 

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