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Kneeling Youth with a Shell: M.5-1938

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Current Location: In storage


Kneeling Youth with a Shell


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




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 CE


The original model is conventionally ascibed to Girolamo Campagna

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

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
  • Type: 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: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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