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William Cowper: P.559-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


William Cowper


Printmaker: Bartolozzi, Francesco
Draughtsman: Lawrence, Thomas (After)
Printmaker: Blake, William (Formerly attributed)



Legal notes

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

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1985-04) by Keynes, Geoffrey


Production date: circa AD 1799 : Published in 1806 by J. Johnson


Early proof

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Plate Height 279 mm Width 204 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Proof, evidently by W.Blake, of a portrait of W. Cowper after/ Lawrence. Intended as frontispiece for Hayley's Life of/ Cowper. 1803 vol. II/ This proof differs in many details from/ the published version of the engraving./ G.L.K
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.559-1985
Primary reference Number: 118256
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 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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