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The Fortune Teller

MANCINI, Antonio (1852 - 1930)

[image: The Fortune Teller]

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 60.2 x 100.2 cm

Acquired: 1963; Bequest; Margaret Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 1950

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

Mancini trained in Naples and visited Paris in 1875-76 and 1877-78. In 1883 he settled in Rome. With Sargent's help he achieved a considerable reputation in Britain. His figure paintings were influenced by seventeenth-century Old Masters. They include glittering light effects and incorporate thick impasto, sometimes textured with metal foil, string and other materials. This genre piece depicts an old man with a pipe at a table, on which are an ape, a parrot and other animals. It was purchased by Margaret Davies in 1914.

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