This small oil sketch is a first idea for a painting in a private collection. It shows a craft worker in Settignano, a village in the hills above Florence.

Signorini was a member of a group of Florentine painters known as 'macchiaioli' - literally, mark or spot-makers. He was a life-long friend of Degas, whose works hang nearby in the Gallery.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1835 - 1901
Full title
Sketch for 'Straw Weavers at Settignano'
Date made
about 1880
Medium and support
Oil on laminated board
Dimensions
16.1 x 13.2 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Presented in memory of Beniamino Forti by his daughter Luciana, 2008
Inventory number
NG6610
Location in Gallery