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Head of Professor Michael Jaffé, CBE, LittD, FRSA (1923-1997): M.5-1992

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Head of Professor Michael Jaffé, CBE, LittD, FRSA (1923-1997)


Sculptor: Frink, Elisabeth
Founder: Cook, Ken




Bronze with green patina. Inscribed '1/3 Frink' on the lower edge at the back. The bearded sitter faces front, eyes open.

Legal notes

Given by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum from the funds raised by subscription to commemorate the directorship of Professor Michael Jaffé, 1973-90

Measurements and weight

Height: 50.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1992-10-12) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Late 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1992


This portrait was commissioned by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1990 to commemorate Professor Michael Jaffé's 17-year directorship of the museum and was funded by public subscription. It was finished in 1992. Dame Elizabeth wrote of the commission: 'It is always very difficult to do a portrait of someone so well known by so many people as everyone has a view! In the end it has to be my impression of him - one cannot expect to please everyone.' (Letter of 1.9.1992). Later that year, she commented: 'It is marvellous when one does a portrait which pleases most people - it isn't always very easy.' (Letter of 7.12.1992). The portrait was cast in an edition of three, with one now in King's College, Cambridge. The portrait followed the precedent of the Friends having commissioned a bust of Prof. Jaffé's predecessor Louis C.G. Clarke from Jacob Epstein in 1951 (M.14-1951).

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Plinth Depth 15.3 cm Height 8.9 cm Width 15.4 cm
Sculpture Depth 28.2 cm Height 41 cm Width 26.6 cm
Head Width 41.0 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast, with green patina

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5-1992
Primary reference Number: 13459
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_5_1992
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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