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Study for a staircase decoration


Draughtsman: Thornhill, James




History note: Sotheby's Feb. 21 1911 (3); Ricketts and Shannon Collection

Legal notes

The Ricketts and Shannon Collection. Bequeathed by Charles Shannon, 1937

Measurements and weight

Height: 388 mm
Width: 293 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood

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Materials used in production

Brown wash

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Pen and ink : Recto: pen, ink and brown wash verso: pen and graphite on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 10 ft SC
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Pen and ink
  • Text: 20 ft
  • Location: Upper left
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: Ceiling - The Apotheosis of Julius Caesar / Sides - Death of Casear in Senate / - Caesar falls in love with Cleopatra / Jul. Caesar builds a temple to Apollo - open at the top-first where he had overcome Pompey-at Nicopolis. Jul: Caesar arriving in Africa: Kiscar some of ye Earth / Pompeys head brought to Caesar / Julius Caesar was 56 years old when he was killed
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: Sir James Thornhill 1676-1732 (in a later hand)
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 2234
Primary reference Number: 13808
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 June 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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

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