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Attributed to Sleter, Francesco (Italian painter, 1685-1775, active in Great Britain) , Cupid Stringing his Bow

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Title Cupid Stringing his Bow
Alternative Title Cupid with bow, facing right
Collection Gunnersbury Park Museum, London
Artist Attributed to Sleter, Francesco (Italian painter, 1685-1775, active in Great Britain)
Date Earliest 1735
Date Latest possibly 1775
Description The painting depicts Cupid in the act of stringing his bow, a full quiver is ready beside him. This is one of four allegorical pendants to the central painting of The Judgement of Paris, that represent four stages in the process of falling in love; this painting would seem to represent the anticipation of love. The other pendants represent Cupid taking aim; holding a dove - the peace of love; and holding a flaming torch - the passion of love.
Current Accession Number T 3397/5
Subject allegory (love); mythology (Cupid, bow, arrows)
Measurements 81 x 109 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Transferred from 'The Elms', and given to the museum by Middlesex County Council 1953.
Notes From the painting file; '/1 possibly from the studio of Pellegrini or Annigoni, acc. Ralph Edwards. /2-5 by another hand. April 1968 Inserted in a ceiling in small mansion by Flaggs under direction of Borough Architect's Dept. and ovals attached by adhesive. This was a poor-looking job. July 1969. Paintings removed from Gunnersbury House; /1 lent V&A. Four ovals kept in Museum.' 'The Elms' (now part of Twyford Church of England High School in West Acton), was built in 1735. Due to the site-specific nature of ceiling paintings like this one, it was probably painted around the same time. It appears that there was originally considerable doubt as to the identity of the artist, there is no record of where the current attribution to Francesco Sleter came from.
Rights Owner Gunnersbury Park Museum
Author Malcolm Barclay



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