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Attributed to follower of Boilly, Louis Léopold (French painter, 1761-1845) , A Bizarre Physiognomical Caricature with Five Figures

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Title A Bizarre Physiognomical Caricature with Five Figures
Alternative Title Group of People Examining A Man's Eye; A Bizarre Physiognomical Caricature with a Figure Pointing to Another's Sore Eye
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Attributed to follower of Boilly, Louis Léopold (French painter, 1761-1845)
Previously attributed to after Boilly, Louis Léopold (French painter, 1761-1845)
Date Earliest about 1840
Date Latest about 1840
Description A Bizarre Physiognomical Caricature with Five Figures, one of which is pointing to another's sore eye. This painting is by a follower of the French nineteenth century artist Louis-Léopold Boilly. The work dates from about 1840 and although is believed to be by a French artist was purchased by Wellcome in Spain in 1928.
Current Accession Number 44683i
Former Accession Number CC 4864
Subject figure
Measurements 94.5 x 72.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Provenance Purchased in Siravegnes, Seville, March 1928, £16 16 0; in the collection of Henry Solomon Wellcome, March 1928.
Publications Harrisse, H., L. L. Boilly, Peintre, Dessinateur et Lithographe: sa vie et son oeuvre, Paris, 1898.
Notes The title of this work has been amended. Joseph Ducreux and Mortimer were suggested as artists who painted similar compositions of caricatures of the cheerful and the sad but at the Witt there were only single portraits for Ducreux. The Witt mounts supported the suggestion of Boilly.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn
 

 

 

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