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First Sketch for Dentatus, 1808: 3686.f.37

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First Sketch for Dentatus, 1808


Draughtsman: Haydon, Benjamin Robert



Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1905) by Parsons (Brompton Road)


Production date: AD 1808


Verso, blank; verso of mount sheet, brown ink: Figures in a composition, similar to drawing

School or Style


Materials used in production

Brown ink
Brown wash

Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper ( laid down on another sheet, in order to extend the top edge)
Drawing Size Height 225 mm Width 167 mm
Page Size Height 314 mm Width 194 mm

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Pen and brown ink, with brown wash on paper, laid down on another sheet, laid down on album sheet

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: First Sketch for Dentatus
  • Location: Album sheet, below drawing
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: 1808
  • Location: Album sheet, below the above
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Type: Date

Inscription present: smaller writing, added later

  • Text: No. 3 Broad St. 2ed Floor ... afterwards occupied by Eastlake - here I painted my 1st picture / now belonging to (J. Arfu?) / Carnaby Market ... Poor Wilkie came in just as I had done it, & was / loud in his approbation of the Composition -
  • Location: Album sheet, below the above
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: First skech for / Dentatus / 1808
  • Location: Mount sheet, verso, above composition
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: 3686.f.37
Primary reference Number: 10969
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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