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DAVID ALLAN (1744-96)

The Romans polite to Strangers, Palazzo Ruspoli al Corso Rome

circa 1775

RCIN 913358

David Allan trained at the Foulis Academy in Glasgow before settling in Rome for ten years. This drawing is one of a group of ten illustrating scenes from the Carnival in Rome (a Roman celebration before Lent, where participants dressed in costumes and masks). The drawing shows Allan’s skill at portraying a variety of social classes and facial features in a lively manner. Acquired by George IV when Prince Regent, 1812

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