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Sheet of Sketches: 4003A

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Sheet of Sketches


Draughtsman: Thackeray, William Makepeace



Measurements and weight

Height: 224 mm
Width: 143 mm

Relative size of this object

14.3 m22.4 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1909) by Wright, W. Aldis

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Materials used in production

Dark brown ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Pen and dark brown ink on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Touched in the wind
  • Location: Centre
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: By W.M. Thackeray / 1830
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: I know that I shall incur much blame and harrassed (?) / not a little / God has in hi... / The vices committed by these hands the law can punish (all these words are crossed out with an ink line) - but those of the / heart are beyond its power / It will be objected, I have no doubt, that in a duel a man commits the 2 vices of suicide, & / murder of another for in wilfully subjecting his body / to the pistol of his opponent he commits / the one & in seeking to destroy his enemy / hre perpetrates the other - / This is but too true, but which is preferable / fair & open combat, or a papination? / surely the former.-
  • Location: Verso, from the upper edge
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: 4003A
Primary reference Number: 13801
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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