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Marshal, Alexander
Head of an old woman.
Additional Title(s):
Head of an old crone
circa 1630-1682.
Physical Description:
1 painting : watercolor, pen and ink, on paper ; image 240 x 200 mm., on sheet 280 x 200 mm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A N 82
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Related Content:
View the catalog record for Lake's copy of Walpole's Anecdotes of painting in England.
View the catalog record for Marshal's St. George and the dragon.
Drawings & Watercolors
The amateur artist Alexander Marshal (born ca. 1610 or 1620; died 7 Dec 1682, London) was described in 1650 by Samuel Hartlib as a merchant and florist. He is best known now for his Florilegium, a volume of watercolors of exotic plants, painted circa 1650-1682, now in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle.
Title from Leith-Ross (Appendix C: List of known works by Marshal): Head of an old crone.
Provenance: Sir James Winter Lake; Sotheby's (1978); Paul Mellon.
Selected exhibitions: "Paul Mellon's Legacy: A Passion for British Art" (Yale Center for British Art, 18 April-29 July, 2007).
Leith-Ross, P. The Florilegium of Alexander Marshal in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle, p. 370
Watercolor painting of the head of an old woman, in profile, by Alexander Marshal. The watercolor is affixed to a blank leaf in volume 3 of Sir James Winter Lake's extra-illustrated copy of Horace Walpole's Anecdotes of painting in England (2nd edition. Twickenham : Strawberry Hill Press, 1765-1780; YCBA Folio A N 82). The leaf bearing the watercolor is bound between pages 70 and 71. On the recto of the same leaf is a second original watercolor by Marshal (depicting St. George and the dragon). The other watercolor, and the Anecdotes, are cataloged separately.
The sitter of the present portrait is unidentified. She wears a blue blouse, with a white headscarf and a white neck scarf.
Subject Terms:
Lake, James Winter, ca. 1745-1807.
Marshal, Alexander.

Paul Mellon's Legacy : A Passion for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2007-04-18 - 2007-07-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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