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Case for the Erasmus Darwin Wedgwood Copy of the Portland Vase: C.20A-1984

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Case for the Erasmus Darwin Wedgwood Copy of the Portland Vase


Maker: Unknown




Wood, covered in red leather with stamped and gilt borders and brass handles; fitted interior lined with red velvet, edged with silver braid. Trunk-shaped. (with C.20-1984).


History note: Dr Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802); Miss Emma Darwin (1784-1818); Sir Francis Sacheverel Darwin MD (1786-1859); his widow (d.1866); Reginald Darwin (1818-92); Admiral Sacheverel Darwin (1844-1900); his half-second cousin, Charles Darwin's second son, Sir George Howard Darwin FRS (1845-1912); Sir Charles Galton Darwin FRS (1887-1862); George Pember Darwin, by whom lent to the Fitzwilliam in 1963.

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.4 cm
Width: 22.5 cm
Width: 30.0 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1984-04-30) by Darwin, George Pember


George III
Circa 1789 - 1802

Components of the work

Case composed of wood (plant material) ( covered in red leather)
Interior Lining composed of velvet ( red)
Borders composed of gilt
Handles composed of brass (alloy)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.20A-1984
Primary reference Number: 11618
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 18 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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