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Cupid on Horseback: M.1-1962

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Cupid on Horseback


Sculptor: Fanelli, Francesco




Copper alloy, probably brass, cast and chased

Copper alloy, probably brass, cast. Wingless Cupid is seated on a galloping horse with a lionskin as a saddle. His arms are raised as if he is about to fire an arrow, the remains of the bow in his left hand. Beneath the horse is a dog, its head lifted as if to bite at the horse. On a bronze base.


History note: Bought by the Friends from J. Goldschmidt, Warrington Crescent, London, N9.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.5 cm
Length: 20.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1962-01-18) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


17th Century, Mid-Late
After 1630 CE - Before 1700 CE


Francesco Fanelli was last documented in England in 1641

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production

probably brass Copper alloy
Brass (alloy)

Techniques used in production

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1962
Primary reference Number: 13962
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_1962
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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