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A girl with a mirror, an allegory of Profane Love: PD.32-1968

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Current Location: Gallery 15: Dutch Gallery


A girl with a mirror, an allegory of Profane Love


Painter: Moreelse, Paulus




History note: ? Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia; Earls of Craven, sold Sotheby's, 27 November 1968, lot 103, repr., bt. Agnew's for the Museum

Legal notes

Bought from the Duplicate Paintings fund, with a contribution from the Friends of the Fitzwilliam.

Measurements and weight

Height: 105.5 cm
Width: 83 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1968) by Craven Collection


Production date: AD 1627

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Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of canvas

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on canvas

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: P. Moreelse (probably P and M in a monogram)
  • Location: Top left
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: fe 1627
  • Location: Top left
  • Type: Date
  • Text: Non sibi, sed veneri, / carnis. Lascivia vivit: / Huic aurum, & gemmas,/ et bona cuncta sacrat.
  • Location: In open book

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.32-1968
Primary reference Number: 1694
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 14 September 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 14 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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