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Large Blade Venus: M.6-2006

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Object information

Current Location: Courtyard


Large Blade Venus


Sculptor: Turnbull, William




Bronze, cast, with brown patina, standing on a straight-sided rectangular cast bronze base. The bronze has a deliberately uneven surface. Near the top, on both sides, it has three horizontal indented lines, and down the narrow edge of the back, seven vertical indented lines. The base has a smooth slightly dappled surface.


History note: The sculptor, from whom purchased by the National Art Collections Fund

Legal notes

Given by the National Art Collections Fund in honour of Sir Nicholas Goodison, Chairman 1986-2002:

Measurements and weight

Depth: 99.1 cm
Height: 317.5 cm
Width: 68 cm

Relative size of this object

68 cm3.2 m99.1 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2006-05-15) by National Art Collections Fund


Late 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1990


Cast 3 from an edition of five plus one artist's cast. The sculpture is the largest in Turnbull's 'Blade Venus' series.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting : Bronze, cast

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: T in a circle
  • Location: On proper right side close to bottom
  • Method of creation: Cast with object
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: 3/5
  • Location: On proper right side to left and slightly below maker's mark
  • Method of creation: Cast with object
  • Type: Number
  • Text: 90
  • Location: On proper right side to right and slighly below maker's mark
  • Method of creation: Cast with object
  • Type: Date

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6-2006
Primary reference Number: 131017
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_6_2006
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 22 April 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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