A Philosopher (Democritus in Meditation)

manner of Salvator Rosa (Arenella, Naples 1615 – Rome 1673)
National Trust Inventory Number 27419

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1600 - 1699
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 953 x 622 mm (37 1/2 x 24 1/2 in)
Place of origin Italy
Collection Tyntesfield, North Somerset
Not on show

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, A Philosopher, manner of Salvator Rosa (Arenella, Naples 1615 – Rome 1673). In ornate gilded plaster frame. A philosopher seated, left hand pressed against his forehead, holding a book. Other books open open on ground beside him. Below picture on frame in black; SALVATOR ROSA. Damage to gilding on frame, upper left side. The original painting is now in te Staten Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.

On back, on vertical stretcher in chalk, / Kaynes /. On horizontal stretcher in chalk, Lady Wraxall No. 24 /. White printed label placed centrally at base, / Lady Wraxall / in pencil at top. Printing / FROST & REED LTD / BRISTOL LONDON / CLARE STREET 41 NEW BOND ST W.1 / ARTISTIC FRAME MAKERS ESTABLISHED 1808 / FINE ART PUBLISHERS PICTURE RESTORATION. / In pencil, / NO. 7301 Date. 28.6.51 /.


Purchased at Lord Northwick's posthumous sale, 1859, no. 997 (£78); purchased by the National Trust from the estate of the late George Richard Lawley Gibbs, 2nd Lord Wraxall (1928 – 2001) with the assistance of the NHMF and donations from members and supporters in 2002

Credit line

Tyntesfield, The Gibbs Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

manner of Salvator Rosa (Arenella, Naples 1615 – Rome 1673), artist

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Place of origin Italy (6575)
Category Art / Oil paintings (12632)
Collection Tyntesfield, North Somerset (54413)
Periods 17th century (33416)
Maker Salvator Rosa (Arenella, Naples 1615 – Rome 1673) (63)
Subjects Democritus (c.460-370 BC) (5)
Object Type Oil painting (14417)

Record Status


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