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Whither doth he fly?: M.17-1972

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Current Location: In storage


Whither doth he fly?


Sculptor: Bates, Harry




Bronze cast. Rectangular. A scene from the Aeneid, book IV. Dido, distraught at Aeneas' departure to follow his destiny to found Rome, confides in her sister Anna as his fleet departs.


History note: Charles and Lavinia Handley-Read; both died 1971; purchased from Thomas Stainton, the executor of the Handley-Read Estate

Legal notes

Bought with the Perceval Fund, and a contribution from the Victoria and Albert Museum Grant-in-Aid-Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.0 cm
Width: 46.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1972) by Handley-Read Estate


19th Century, Late
Production date: circa AD 1885


'Whither doth he fly' is the left-hand panel of a triptych depicting scenes from 'The Aeneid'. The central panel is entitled 'Then Aeneas Wept' and the right-hand 'The Form of the Gods'. A complete set is at Kelvingrove, Glasgow.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Sculpture Depth 5.1 cm Height 21.5 cm Width 46.5 cm

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.17-1972
Primary reference Number: 13385
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_17_1972
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 12 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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