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Extreme Unction: PD.11-2012

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Extreme Unction


Poussin, Nicolas


History note: Cassiano dal Pozzo, Rome; by inheritance to Cosimo Antonio del Pozzo, grandson of Cassiano's younger brother, Carlo Antonio, and then to Cosimo's daughter, Maria Laura Boccapaduli; bought in 1785 by James Byres, a Scottish dealer, for the 4th Duke of Rutland (Charles Manners), by descent to the 11th Duke at Belvoir Castle.

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Accepted by H.M. Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 2012, and acquired with additional contributions after a public appeal led by The Art Fund from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Friends of The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Monument Trust, Mr. Dougal G. Andrew, Mr. Ian Askew Charitable Trust, Ian Barby, Nicholas and Diana Baring, Timothy and Philippa Barker, Sir Nicholas Barrington, The Bevan Family Charitable Settlement, Mrs. Delia Brooke, Dr. Keith and Professor Gillian Brown, Mr. Richard Buxton, Sir Charles and Lady Chadwyck-Healey, Clare College, Colin Clark, The John S. Cohen Foundation, the Coutts Charitable Trust, Miel de Botton, Sir Richard and Lady Dearlove, Ann D. Foundation, C.G. Elliot, The Eranda Foundation, The Forster Charitable Trust, The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Nicholas and Judith Goodison, Dr. A.V. Grimstone, The Headley Trust, The Rt. Hon the Lord Hoffman, Professor Deborah Howard, Elizabeth Howie, Christopher H. Jeeps, Professor Paul Joannides, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Johnson, The Kennedy Charitable Trust, The Kirby Laing Foundation, Mr. Termer Kyle, The Earl and Countess of Leicester, Sir Michael and Lady Marshall, Hamish Maxwell, Roland George Mayer, Professor D. and Professor R. McKitterick, Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Newson, Mr. R.F. Norman, David Pike, Sir William and Lady Proby, Charles and Jill Rawlinson, the Countess of Rothes, Sir Paul Ruddock, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Scott, Charles Sebag-Montefiore, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trust, Dr. John Shakeshaft, The Staples Trust, Trinity College, Trinity Hall, Alex van Someren and Carol Atack, The Wakefield Trust, together with contributions from numerous individuals.

Measurements and weight

Height: 95.5 cm
Width: 121 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2012) by H.M. Government


1638 CE - 1640 1640 CE

Techniques used in production

Painting : Oil on canvas

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.11-2012
Primary reference Number: 197237
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 31 July 2013 Updated: Wednesday 26 May 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 23 June 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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