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Bedroom No. 8 in the Oxford and Cambridge Club: PD.5-1990

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Bedroom No. 8 in the Oxford and Cambridge Club


Draughtsman: Hassall, Joan




History note: Sotheby's, 30 November 1989, lot 356, bought by Shaunagh Fitzgerald on behalf of the Friends

Measurements and weight

Height: 538 mm
Width: 405 mm

Relative size of this object

40.5 m53.8 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1990) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Production date: AD 1944 : Date from inscription

School or Style


Materials used in production

Black ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Pen and black ink with watercolour over graphite on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Joan Hassall
  • Location: Lower right
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: in the artist's hand

  • Location: Below centre

Inscription present: ? by the artist on behalf of the author

  • Text: In this room, in the bed years between July 194 and September 1944 / I wrote three novels: PIED PIPER, MOST SECRETand PASTORAL / May those who occupy it rest safely as I did Signed: 'Neil Shute Norway
  • Location: Below centre
  • Text: Mr Norway adds the following additional explanation of the picture / In 1940 it was thought that England was in imminent danger of invasion by the / Germans. All officers in the country were ordered to carry gas masks and tin hats and revolvers with ammunition, at all times and in all places; these objects were therefore common in the bedrooms of the Club.
  • Location: Old frame, verso
  • Method of creation: Typed slip

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.5-1990
Primary reference Number: 17410
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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