Putti with Mallets and Balls 

Note that van der Doort's description of this work is mistaken (9 figures, but they are not drawing in a line) or the work has become confused with another by Polidoro in the Third Privy Lodging Room.

Part of a series of long, narrow panels by the Lombard artist Polidoro da Caravaggio, Raphael’s most unconventional pupil. Charles I bought it as one of 23 Italian pictures from the dealer William Frizell in 1637.

Despite being hung in a subordinate, decorative fashion beneath other pictures, there is evidence that in the 1630s Charles was hungry to acquire examples of Polidoro’s work, having heard rumour of the artist’s brilliance. The series remains in the Royal Collection today, almost intact.

Van der Doort c.1639


Fishing scene, the third of the six long and narrow frescoes on panel, 9 little full-length children, including 6 drawing on a line

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 18, № 10
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
5ft 4in x 5ft 3in (162.6 x 160cm) [clearly the first 5ft is a mistake]
fresco on panel
wooden gilded frame
one of the 23 Italian pictures the King bought from William Frizell
Gift / Exchange / Bought / Inherited: 
Hang notes: 
Under no. 9
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 23
Charles II inventory c1666: 
Whitehall, no 247, 28 x 147
Identification certainty: