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Oil on canvas
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Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 99
Decorative circular oil painting from a set of 36 roundels, originally exhibited in the V&A between 1871 and 1913. The roundels were positioned in the spandrels of the arches in Rooms 101 to 106. Each roundel depicts a single cupid or nude boy, with varying accessories, set against a crimson background. A nude fair-haired boy turned half to spectator's left, chases a dull yellowish-greenish butterfly which hovers above a plant on the extreme left. A crimson scarf flutters in a loop around the boy's thigh and one end of the loop is in his left hand.
Place of Origin
Materials and Techniques
Oil on canvas
Diameter: 16.5 in Average size
Decorative circular oil painting depicting a nude youth chasing a butterfly, from a set of 36 roundels once exhibited on the west wall of Rooms 101-103 and the east wall of Rooms 104-106, painted by Forster and Archer. Great Britain, 1870-71.
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1937, London: Board of Education, 1938.
Nude; Butterflies; Decoration; Renaissance; Plants; Roundel
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