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The Crucifixion with St. Longinus: M.4-1993

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The Crucifixion with St. Longinus


Heckel, Christopher (Silversmith)


Silver, embossed and chased with the scene of Christ on the Cross with Mary Magdalene, St. John and the Virgin Mary on the right and sponge-bearer, St. Longinus and standard bearer on the left

Silver; the oval plaque is embossed, chased, engraved and matted with a scene from the Crucifixion. Christ hangs on the Cross in the centre with, over his head, a scroll inscribed 'Jesus of Na/ zareth/ the King/ of the Jews'. On the right Mary Magdalene clasps the Cross while St. John and the Virgin Mary stand beside her. On the left there is a bearded, partly draped man holding a sponge on a staff (traditionally known at Stephaton), a Roman soldier in armour on horseback (known in the Eastern and Greek Orthodox tradition as St. Longinus) and another partly visible mounted man holding a banner engraved with a single-headed spread eagle. Behind the cross on both sides there are clouds, those on the right supporting two cherubs. At the foot of the Cross there is a skull and below that a plain area engraved with the signature. The edge is slightly raised and chased with a narrow band of chevron decoration. The plaque is mounted in an oval frame of ebonised wood with moulded border and turquoise velvet inner rim, and a hinged, brass support. On the back of the frame are two labels. A paper label laid on card behind a glazed frame is inscribed 'Bequeathed to John Towneley,/ by her Grace Catherine, Dutchess of/ Norfolk, who departed this life on the/ 21st Novr. 1734 -/ R.I.P. (The inscription has been strengthened by a later hand, changing the correct date of 1784 to 1734.) A second lable, which is torn, bears the name of W. Range 'W. ANCE,/CARVER GILDER,/ LOOKING GLASS AND PICTURE/ FRAME MANUFACTURER/ 166 SLO E ST. CHELSEA/ AND KE STREET,/ GROSVE SQUARE, W / RED'.


History note: Catherine, wife of the 10th Duke of Norfolk (d. 1784) by whom bequeathed to John Townley of Chiswick (d. 1813) and then by descent to the vendor; purchased through Robert Holden Ltd., 15 Savile Row, London, W1X 1AB

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Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam, bought from Robert Holden Ltd.

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1993-10-11) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Late 18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1778


Christopher Heckel was German, but worked in London

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Components of the work

Frame Depth 4.5 cm Depth 1¾ in Height 33.3 cm Height 13⅛ in Width 28 cm Width 11 in
Plaque Height 26.5 cm Height 10½ in Width 21.5 cm Width 8½ in

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Cr. Heckel
  • Location: At the foot of the sign
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Jesus of Na/ zareth/ the king/ of the Jews
  • Location: On the scroll nailed to the top of the Cross
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: LORD O HAGAN
  • Location: On reverseof plaque
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Inscription

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Accession number: M.4-1993
Primary reference Number: 119279
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 November 2021

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

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