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

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Titles

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

Maker(s)

Caffieri, Jean Jacques (Sculptor)

Description

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

Dating

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

Note

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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