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A Man embracing a Woman (copy after Dosso Dossi)

Frances Mostyn Owen, Mrs Myddelton Biddulph (Woodhouse 1807 - Chirk 1887)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1844 - 1868 (death of owner from whom copied)

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

845 x 1045 x 47 mm

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Collection

Chirk Castle, Wrexham (Accredited Museum)

NT 1171196

Caption

This is a copy of an original fragment of a tondo, a circular picture, owned by T. B. Bulkeley Owen (d. 1868) of Tedsmore Hall, Shropshire by the lady of the household at Chirk, Mrs Myddelton Buddulph. When the National Gallery acquired the original by Giovanni Luteri, known as Dosso Dossi (c. 1489-1542) from the owner, the artist, Charles Fairfax Murray in 1887 it was called ‘Fiametta and Boccaccio’ and was subsequently called ‘A Muse inspiring a Court Poet’. It came from a set of panels decorating a room in the Villa Borghese, Rome, in 1650 but was originally a ceiling picture in the Camera del Pozzuolo (or Poggiolo) in the Castello at Ferrara for which Alfonso d’Este paid Dosso in 1524, which explains the tilted perspective of the half-length figures.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, A Man embracing a Woman (copy after Dosso Dossi) by Frances Mostyn Owen, Mrs Myddelton Biddulph (Woodhouse 1807 - Chirk 1887), circa 1844. After the original by Giovanni Luteri, known as Dosso Dossi (c. 1489-1542) which was probably the ceiling picture in the Camera del Pozzuolo (or Poggiolo) in the Castello at Ferrara for which Alfonso d’Este paid Dosso in September and December 1524 and now in the National Gallery in London, via being a part of a set of panels decorating a room in the Villa Borghese, Rome, 1650 and subsequently bought, in 1828, by T.B. Bulkeley Owen, Tedsmore Hall, Shropshire and sold to Charles Fairfax Murray after Owen's death in 1868.

Provenance

Amongst chattels previously on loan to the National Trust from the Myddelton family. These chattels were purchased on behalf of the National Trust in the Christie's auction at Chirk on 21st June 2004.

Credit line

Chirk Castle, The Myddelton Collection (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

Verso: Inscribed in ink on back of canvas: Bocaccio & Fiammetta / Painted by Mrs. Myddelton Biddulph / From Original / by Giorgione [repeated in ink on the stretcher]. Verso: Inscribed on paper label on stretcher: Painted by / Mrs. Myddelton Biddulph / Chirk Castle / The original by Giorgione / at Tedmore. Verso: Inscribed in pencil on back of frame: over blank door

Makers and roles

Frances Mostyn Owen, Mrs Myddelton Biddulph (Woodhouse 1807 - Chirk 1887), artist Dosso Dossi (Ferrara c.1486 – Ferrara 1542), artist

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