Study of a Man's Head: One of the Fathers*

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Sir John Soane’s Museum



Study of a Man's Head: One of the Fathers*




oil on canvas


H 91.8 x W 71.1 cm

Accession number

SM P100

Acquisition method

acquired, before 1836–1837

Work type


Inscription description

1. 1699 2. Latin inscription on the lower half of the left page of the open book from De Officiis by Cicerto and Latin inscription on the upper right page of the open book similar to a passage in Hesiod's Work and Days, lines 21-26; the inscription is close but not the same as modern translations and the last line seems to have been changed by the artist from a reference to a poet's jealously of another poet to a painter's jealousy of another painter.


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