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Inscription

lower left in image in brown ink: DU MAURIER; below image in brown ink: Distinguished Amateurs. No II, The Art Critic / Prigsby (contemplating [ ]) vide legend enclosed; lower left in brown ink: Mch 13.80 / 20[?]; lower right in brown ink: 1/2 page / with small drawing / to go underneath; across top in graphite: (first words not deciphered) The head is most delectable ("most delectable" crossed out) distinctly divine! Indeed in all art, ancient or modern, I can find no head to compare to it, excepting perhaps / the "Ilyssus" of which it vaguely reminds me... / Chorus of maidens - Ah! yes - the head of the Ilyssus... (more legend and revisions across top and in right margin)

Provenance

(Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd., London); purchased by William B. O'Neal, Charlottesville, VA, 1974-1994; gift to NGA, 1995.