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Title Boys Playing at See-Saw
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Pollok House
Artist Attributed to school of Goya y Lucientes, Francisco José de (Spanish painter and printmaker, 1746-1828)
Previously attributed to Goya y Lucientes, Francisco José de (Spanish painter and printmaker, 1746-1828)
Date Earliest probably about 1775
Date Latest 1799
Description With its pendant in the same collection (inv. no. 27), this small painting came from a group of four pieces. This one is a sketch of ten figures in a silver-toned landscape; on the left a group play on a rough sea-saw, in the foreground there is a group of wrestlers and on the right, twin stumpy figures with black hats over dark robes. A chained monkey sits on the wall. At the end of the eighteenth century there was a demand for these genre scenes, as is shown by an almost identical replica of this small painting in the museum of Valencia.
Current Accession Number PC.24
Subject everyday life
Measurements 29.8 x 41.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald 1967.
Provenance Purchased by Sir William Stirling Maxwell in Seville, 1842; by descent to his son Sir John Stirling Maxwell; by descent to his daughter Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald.
Principal Exhibitions Art Treasures of the United Kingdom, Manchester, 1857 (one of the 'Four sketches of Boys at Play', cat. nos. 869-72); Exhibition of Spanish Art, New Gallery, London, 1895-99, cat. no. 877; Spanish Old Masters, Grafton Galleries, London, 1913-14, cat. no. 146; National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1922; Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1928, cat. no. 23; Exhibition of Spanish Paintings from El Greco to Goya, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1951, cat. no. 8; Manchester Art Treasures Centenary Exhibition, Manchester City Art Gallery, 1957; Paintings from Pollok House, Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, 1960-61; Goya and his Times, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1963-4, cat. no. 50; El Greco to Goya, National Gallery, London, 1981, cat. no. 64.
Publications Stirling Maxwell, Sir W., Annals of the Artists of Spain, London, 1891, vol. 4, pp. 1476-77; Waagen, G. F., Galleries and Cabinets of Art in Great Britain ... Forming a Supplemental Volume to the Treasures of Art in Great Britain, London, 1857, p. 449, as one of 'Four light sketches of boys playing', by Goya; Caw, J. L., Catalogue of Pictures at Pollok House, Glasgow, 1936, p. 10, no. 11; Gaya Nuño, J. A., La pintura española fuera de España, Madrid, 1958, no. 871, pp. 156-57; The Stirling Maxwell Collection Pollok House, Corporation of Glasgow: Museum and Art Galleries Department, c.1967, p. 24, no. 23; de Angelis, R., L'opera completa del Goya, Milan, 1974, no. 131; Macartney, H., 'La collección Stirling Maxwell en Pollok House, Glasgow', Goya, vol. 291, 2002, pp. 346, 350, ill. 6.
Notes One of the two of the 'Four light sketches of boys playing', by Goya, seen by Waagen at 'Keir, seat of William Stirling, Esq., M. P., near Stirling', judged as 'Many of the motives good, but the colouring heavy.'
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Dr Heiner Krellig

 

 

 

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