Pier Francesco Mola, 'A Caricature of a Man with Four Flying Letters'

Pier Francesco Mola, 'A Caricature of a Man with Four Flying Letters'

Pier Francesco Mola (1612-66)
'A Caricature of a Man with Four Flying Letters'
About 1647-57
Pen and ink and wash
Museum no. CAI 264
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

A letter-writer reacts in alarm as his correspondence sprouts wings and flutters away like a flock of birds. When Ionides bought this drawing it was thought to be a contemporary work by Daumier, one of his favourite French artists. However, it was later noticed that the flying letters are inscribed 'Mola', a 17th century Roman artist known for his caricatures.