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Study for "The First Ear-ring": 2273

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Study for "The First Ear-ring"


Draughtsman: Wilkie, David




History note: Artist's sale, 21 June 1860, lot. 131; bought Hogarth £2; Dr. D.J. Macauley of Halifax; Sotheby's, 25 January 1922, lot. 683; bought by Charles Shannon £2 15s

Legal notes

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

Acquisition and important dates

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


A compositional study for the painting in the Tate Gallery (no. 328).

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Materials used in production

Brown ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Pen and brown ink on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: The broken China jar or Ghost laid / a story founded on fact and painted to / illustrate a poem entitled, "The Social Day" / The Rabit (sic) on the wall a candlelight amusement
  • Location: Verso
  • Text: 42
  • Location: Old frame, verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Identification numbers

Accession number: 2273
Primary reference Number: 14408
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 June 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 8 November 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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