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Francesco Ravai, called il Bajocco, a dwarf. Watercolour.


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Assumed to be the dwarf Francesco Ravai, called il Bajocco: see Kragelund, op. cit.

Physical description

1 painting : watercolour on paper ; sight 35 x 24.5 cm

Publications note

William LeFanu, A catalogue of the portraits and other paintings ... in the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Edinburgh 1960, p. 83, no. 249 (the college's version: "An example of achondroplasia ... he wears a white shirt and brown breeches and carries a stick in his right hand and a head of fennel in his left hand. ... Clift states: "Mr George Dance and Mr Lewis, architects, saw this picture in 1813 together, and had no doubt of its being a dwarf who frequented the doors of the hotels in Rome to beg. He went by the name of Bambino, or Bamboccio")

Tamara Felicitas Hufschmidt and Livio Jannattoni, Antico Caffè Greco: storia, ambienti, collezioni, Roma: Gruppo dei Romanisti, [1993] (cited by Kragelund)

Patrick Kragelund, 'The Bajocco in Copenhagen: by Juel, Fragonard, Vincent or Abildgaard', SMK Artjournal (Statens Museum for Kunst), 2006, 50ff., 105-110

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 44555i

Reproduction note

Related to the right side of an oil painting in the Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons of England: see LeFanu, p. 83, no. 249. The RCS picture shows the same dwarf in the same pose, and also includes a woman of normal height on the left

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