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Peasant Women from Ragusa

Artist:
Richard Parkes Bonington (British, Arnold, Nottinghamshire 1802–1828 London)
Date:
1826
Medium:
Graphite, pen and brown ink, and brush and watercolor
Dimensions:
sheet: 8 11/16 x 5 5/16 in. (22 x 13.5 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David T. Schiff, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.235
Not on view
Ragusa, modern Dubrovnik, is a port city on the Dalmatian coast controlled by Venice until 1797. Bonington must have visited during his 1826 trip to Venice when the city was part of the Austrian empire and here records women in traditional slavic dress, noting that their distinctive shoes are called "L'Opanke" (Opanak).
Inscription: Inscribed in graphite in upper center of recto: "shoe worn by all slavs of the South. It is made of sheepskin with straps"
Inscribed in graphite at upper right corner of recto:"fleurs a l'oreille"
Inscribed in graphite at left center margin of recto: "tablier en tapissirie sur le ventre- an apron covering the stomach"
Inscribed in graphite at bottom of recto: "Femmes de Raguse (paysannes) herzogovnie; Le soulier l'opanke commoune a tous les slaves du Sud depuis Trieste jusque'a... [?]... il est forme d'une peau de mouton attaché de lines."
Inscribed in pen and brown ink at bottom center of recto: "Le voile A est en soie blanche"
Inscribed in graphite at upper center of verso: "Les [indecipherable] en Francais sont ou [indecipherable]"
Inscribed in pen and brown ink in upper left of verso: "1889 6038 H"
Inscribed in graphite in center of verso: "Blame"
Inscribed in graphite in center of verso: "Marcel"
David T. and Lisa Schiff; Vendor: C. G. Boerner LLC, New York Donor: David T. and Lisa Schiff
Jacob Bean "Departmental Accessions: Drawings." Annual Report of the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 1, 1977 - June 30, 1978. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 108, New York, 1978, p. 37.



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