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The Temptation and the Sacrifice of Isaac: T.33-1945

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The Temptation and the Sacrifice of Isaac


Calthorpe, Elizabeth (Maker)
After Du Bartas (Maker)


Pictorial embroidery, mid-17th century. Silk, embroidered with polychrome silks, silver and silver gilt metal threads, purl, plate and spangles, in buttonhole, darning, satin, stem and tent stitch with needle lace and couching.
The depiction of the Temptation of Adam and Eve and the Sacrifice of Isaac is based on the title page of Du Bartas, His Divine Weekes, and Workes

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Given by Louis Colville Gray Clarke

Measurements and weight

Length: 39.2 cm
Width: 26 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1945-12) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


Mid 17th century
1625 - 1675


The design was derived from the engraved title page of R. Elstrache, 'Du Bartas His Diuine Weekes, and Workes with A Compleate Collection of all the other most delightful Workes Translated and written by the famous Philomusus, Josiah Sylvester Gent, London (H. Lownes), 1621

Materials used in production

Silk Silver metal thread Lace

Techniques used in production

Stitching Couching (embroidering) Embroidering

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.33-1945
Primary reference Number: 150633
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 17 October 2017 Last processed: Tuesday 20 July 2021

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

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