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Acrobat performing a Handstand: M.21-1979

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Current Location: In storage


Acrobat performing a Handstand


Production: Prieur, Barthélemy




Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast. Nude male figure performing a hand stand. His right leg is bent slightly at the knee so that the foot projects over his head. His left leg is more bent than the right.


History note: Foule Collection, Paris (presumably still there in 1930 when referred to by Bode). Acquired by Copper & Adams, Finchley; sold by C.G. Cooper (for £465) to Lt Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC (1892-1958), 1945; Given anonymously, from the collection of the late Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, D.S.O., M.C., in his memory. Formerly on loan.

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Given anonymously, from the collection of the late Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, D.S.O., M.C., in his memory

Measurements and weight

Height: 30.0 cm
Length: 5.4 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1979) by Anonymous


Early 17th Century
Circa 1600 - 1630


Purchased in 1945 as by Francesco de Sant'Agata.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.21-1979
Primary reference Number: 13731
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_21_1979
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 November 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 14 September 2022

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

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