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The Rising of the Pleiades: PD.187-1991

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The Rising of the Pleiades


Draughtsman: Howard, Henry (I)



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From the Biffen Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 169 mm
Width: 226 mm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1991) by Powney, Christopher


A study for, or watercolour version of the painting formerly in the collection of Lord de Tabley (see Douglas Hall, 'The Tabley House Papers', 'Walpole Society', vol. XXXVIII, 1960-62, pp. 59-122)

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Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Pen and ink and watercolour on laid paper
Pen and ink

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: And certain that shot madly from their spheres / To hear the sea maids' music -
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.187-1991
Primary reference Number: 11548
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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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