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François-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire (1694-1778): M.121-1961

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François-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire (1694-1778)


Caffieri, Jean Jacques (Sculptor)


Bronze bust of Voltaire with gilt-bronze socle, on a cylindrical marble plinth with gilt-bronze mounts.

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 25.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


4th quarter 18th century
Production date: after AD/CE 1778 : Cast after the original marble of 1778


After the Caffieri marble in the Comédie Française, 1778

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Socle: composed of gilt Bust: composed of bronze Plinth: composed of marble Depth 12.9 cm Height 23.6 cm Width 12.6 cm
Sculpture: Depth 77.7 cm Height 118 cm Width 10.2 cm

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.121-1961
Primary reference Number: 13660
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_121_1961
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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