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A Stranger at Sparta: P.54-1963

Object information

Current Location: In storage


A Stranger at Sparta
Portrait of the dancer Auguste Vestris (1760-1842)


Printmaker: Bartolozzi, Francesco
Printmaker: Pastorini, Benedetto
Draughtsman: Dance-Holland, Nathaniel (After)




18th century
Production date: AD 1781

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Excerpt from Plutarch. An English translation inscribed in the margin below

  • Location: Lower centre of print
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Published 2st April 1781
  • Location: Lower centre margin
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: A Stranger at Sparta standing long upon one Leg, said to a Lacedamonian, / I do not believe you can do as much; "True (said he) but every Goofe can". / See Plutarch's Laconie Apothegms Tol.I.Page 406.
  • Location: Lower centre margin
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.54-1963
Primary reference Number: 175091
Calabi: 2235(3)
Stevens/George: 5905
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 31 October 2022 Last processed: Monday 31 October 2022

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

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