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Old Woman Seated: M.14-1997

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Old Woman Seated


Production: Unknown




Copper alloy, probably bronze.

Copper alloy, probably bronze. The naked old woman sits on a rectangular slab supported on a moulded cylindrical pedestal, with another rectangular slab below it. This is supported on an integral rectangular base with a border of indentations on the sloping edge. The woman's head is slightly inclined to her left and her arms crossed beneath her breasts. The lined face and forehead, the veined skin, visible bones, sagging breasts, and the folds of skin on the abdomen reveal a highly naturalistic approach. Her facial expression is sad and pensive.


History note: With Copper & Adams, by February 1940; sold to Lt. Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC (1892-1958), 1940; bequeathed to his sister, the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek; bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek, from the collection of the late Lt Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC, in his memory.

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Bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek from the collection of the late Lt Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC, in his memory

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.7 cm
Length: 9.3 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Nuremburg ⪼ Germany
  • Augsburg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1995) by Sherek, Pamela


Early 16th Century
Circa 1520 CE - 1525 CE


Probably made in Nuremberg or Augsburg

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Base Width 9.6 cm

Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.14-1997
Primary reference Number: 14123
Old object number: B.14.
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_14_1997
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 29 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 14 September 2022

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

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