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"Catherine, wife of William Blake," seated by the fire: PD.189-1985

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"Catherine, wife of William Blake," seated by the fire


Draughtsman: Cumberland, George




History note: L.G. Duke; Geoffrey Keynes

Legal notes

Allocated by H.M. Treasury through the Minister of the Arts, accepted in lieu of capital taxes

Measurements and weight

Height: 200 mm
Width: 177 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1985) by Keynes, Geoffrey


Verso: used for cleaning the brush, watercolour. Geoffrey Keynes was convinced that the kaleidoscope of colours on the verso were intended to tint the recto, but they are applied so haphazardly, without reference to the figure of 'Mrs. Blake', that it seems much more likely that the paper was used by Cumberland to clean his brush.

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Materials used in production

Blue wash
Black chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Point of the brush, blue wash over black chalk on paper

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.189-1985
Primary reference Number: 10154
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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