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Current Location: In storage


William Blake


Miniaturist: Linnell, John



Watercolour painting on elephant ivory support


History note: John Linnell (d. 1882); the Linnell Trustees; Linnell Sale, Christie's, 15 March, 1918 (part of lot 169); bt. by Messrs Carfax for T.H. Riches (85 gns)

Legal notes

Bequeathed 1935, with a life interest to his widow (d. 1950).

Measurements and weight

Height: 133 mm
Width: 106 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Riches, Thomas Henry


Production date: AD 1821 : Date by Bindman, see 'notes'.

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Components of the work

Support composed of ivory ( Elephant ivory. Species ID by Jo Dillon 2023-12-13 (visual examination of front and edges; back obscured by mount: low magnification, raking light): The flat plaque is made from a very thin cross-section, taken from the solid part of a large elephant ivory tusk near the central nerve cavity. The near-centre of the tusk is visible as an off-centre darker oval on the top and bottom edges. Longitudinal grain direction: top to bottom. The grain is coarser towards both long sides, indicating the plaque is made from a cross-section that approached the outer parts of the tusk's diameter. The cross-section is too thin to clearly exhibit the characteristic Schreger lines. However, the ivory exhibits the diagnostic "flame effect", where the longitudinal grain is coarser towards the long sides.)

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour on ivory

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.61-1950
Primary reference Number: 11967
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 19 February 2024 Last processed: Monday 19 February 2024

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

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