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A Varsity Trick; smuggling in: PD.52-1958

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A Varsity Trick; smuggling in


Draughtsman: Rowlandson, Thomas




History note: From the collection of Gilbert Davis, (1899- ) (Lugt 757a); Sale, Sotheby's, 19 March 1958, lot 92; bt. by Agnew for £ ; purchased from them (reproduced, frontispiece in Sale Catalogue)

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Bought from R.H. Biffen Fund

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Height: 284 mm
Width: 202 mm

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Method of acquisition: Bought (1958-04) by Thomas Agnew and Sons Ltd

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Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour on paper

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.52-1958
Primary reference Number: 13418
Lugt: 757a
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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