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Kneeling Youth with a Shell: M.5-1938

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Kneeling Youth with a Shell


After Campagna, Girolamo (Sculptor)
Uncertain Unknown (Founder)


Bronze, cast, with light brown patina, highly polished. The nude youth kneels on his left knee with back and head bent forward to support a large shell, which he holds with both hands. The bronze is accompanied by an oval, grey-veined yellow marble base, moulded at the top and bottom, with screwed into the top with two screws, a smaller, oval wooden platform (not accessioned).


History note: Cavendish-Bentinck Collection, 1891; 1893 exhibited at the New Gallery; by 1904 William Newall, by whom lent to the Royal Academy Winter Exhibition (case I no. 5); His Sale, Christie's, London, 27 June 1922, 'Catalogue of the collection of objects of art chiefly of the Renaissance period, bronzes, majolica, sculpture and furniture . . . formed by that well-known connoisseur William Newall, Esq., deceased late of Redheath, Croxley Green, Herts', lot. 80 - illustrated; bought by Durlacher (£462); L.D. Cunliffe

Legal notes

L.D. Cunliffe Bequest, 1937

Measurements and weight

Height: 20.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Venice ⪼ The Veneto ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1938) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham


19th century
Circa 1800 CE - Circa 1900 1900 CE


The original model is conventionally ascibed to Girolamo Campagna

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Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast, with light brown patina, highly polished
Patinating Polishing

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: EXHITION/Reg No. 57/3 ITALIAN ART.
  • Location: Stuck onto the middle of the oval wooden platform on base
  • Method of creation: Printed with handwritten numbers
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5-1938
Primary reference Number: 13898
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_5_1938
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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