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coloured chalks
8 ¾ x 7 1/8 in. (22.3 x 18 cm.)
G. Anthony Molteno of Pall Mall (1751-1816); George Jones Auctioneer, Leicester Square, London, 20-31 January to 3-7 February 1823 (lot 2058,
£2.1.1 to Noseda).
Anthony (Antonio) or John (Giovanni) Noseda, London.
with G. Biddle and Son, Brighton.
A. White Turer, Bartolozzi and his Works: A Biographical and Descriptive account of the Life and Career of Francesco Bartolozzi, R.A., London, 1881, I, p. 169.
Neil Jeffares, Dictionary of pastellists before 1800, online edition, J.129.155.

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This drawing was intended for engraving, where it was accompanied by lines from Milton's Comus:
'This nectar'd cup, the sweet assurance gives/of present and pledge of future bliss.'

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