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ID number:  BIRBI-48.15
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  ascribed to Potter, Paulus (1625-1654)
Title / Object name:  An Old Horse
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  Netherlands
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  about 1650
Materials:  Black chalk
Measurements:  Plate 22.7 x 22.9 cm; mount 63.5 x 51.7 cm
Provenance:  Anonymous British collection; R.A. Brown, London and Ruislip; purchased from R.A. Brown, October 1948, for £135
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This drawing is undated but could relate to Potter’s Book of Horses of 1652 in which there are images of horses in a similar style. Potter’s small sketches are particularly sensitive and concentrate on depicting animals in their natural environment. This study focuses on the character of this aged animal – the angle of its body emphasising its bony frame, the drooping head and rough tufts of hair adding a highly emotive and realistic element.

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