Item Bonomi MSS 43.2 (verso) - Note on a marble statue in the collection of Dr Lee of Hartwell and on the artistic representation of the effects of alcohol in the human body (continuation), with two sketches of a big-bellied man

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Bonomi MSS 43.2 (verso)

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Note on a marble statue in the collection of Dr Lee of Hartwell and on the artistic representation of the effects of alcohol in the human body (continuation), with two sketches of a big-bellied man

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(1796-1878)

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Note on a marble statue in the collection of Dr Lee of Hartwell and on the artistic representation of the effects of alcohol in the human body (continuation), with two sketches of a big-bellied man:
-pencil note on paper
-loose, adjacent to Bonomi MSS 43.1
-11.1 x 18.1 cm
-[text] 'opportunities of delineating its effects / on the contour of the human fabric / [from the constant exposure(crossed out) nature of the (crossed out)] the costume (sic = custom) / X The of those days in the hot climates / of Greece and Egypt being seldom more / than a single piece of cotton or woollen / cloth which was thrown about the body / at the will or caprice of the wearer [always (crossed out)] most / generally leaving a considerable portion of its / surface to the action of light and air and / thus giving an opportunity to sculptor and painter to / make himself familiar with the configuration of the human body / under all circumstances and this is perhaps what made / them such masters [of (crossed out)] in the art of sculpture / and very early ...(?) X and as this beautiful / work ...(?) been it puortrays so faithfully / the effect of his soul(?) indulgence in alcohol / [to (crossed out)] this [truth of which we are (crossed out)] / [all … … …(?) (crossed out)] We scarcely need the aid / of the wine skin on which the figure is reclining in his / drunken offers(?) to inform us of the imbibe of the above in a salty eye the figure [we need not (crossed out)] the fulsome work of / [to …(?) (crossed out)] the abdomen scarcely covered scalp the ample beard / sufficiently'

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Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford

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