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an example of a pinxit


From the appearance of the Latin word, perfect indicative 3rd sing. of pingo (I paint), after a painter's name on a painting.


pinxit (plural pinxits)

  1. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) A word appended to the artist's name or initials on a painting, or engraved copy of a painting
    Rubens pinxit, Rubens painted (this)
  2. An inscription indicating the identity of the one who created a painting.
    • 1941, Frederic Jennings Haskin, The American Government[1], page 469:
      A potential buyer of The Princess had refused to purchase unless Whistler modified his pinxit, scrawled across a corner of the canvas.
    • 1970, Galaxy Magazine, volume 31, page 119: 
      Nudes that look better than life— you wouldn't need to look for his pinxit.
    • 1993, New Jersey Libraries, volume 26-28, page 29: 
      The name and address of a publisher or any additional names followed by the pinxit (he painted it) or sculpsit (he executed it) may indicate that several parties were involved in the work's []

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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  1. third-person singular perfect active indicative of pingō