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Sheet of studies for the illustration to George Eliot's novel 'Romola': PD.4-1951A

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Sheet of studies for the illustration to George Eliot's novel 'Romola'


Draughtsman: Leighton, Frederic, Baron



Measurements and weight

Height: 430 mm
Width: 284 mm

Relative size of this object

28.4 m43 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1951) by Martineau, Helen


These studies have been identified as preliminary sketches for the illustrations to George Eliot's novel 'Romola', serialised in the Cornhill Magazine from July 1862 to August 1863. Leighton was commissioned to produce twenty-five full-page designs and fourteen initial letters, thirty-eight of these being used for the two volume limited edition printed in 1880. It has not been possible to relate these studies to any particular illustration, although the baby is most probably Tessa's child.

School or Style


Materials used in production

Black chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( blue)

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Black chalk on blue paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Attached to the bottom right corner
  • Method of creation: Buff label, brown ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.4-1951A
Primary reference Number: 11814
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Thursday 2 March 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "Sheet of studies for the illustration to George Eliot's novel 'Romola'" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-06-08 13:15:19

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