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Portrait medallion of James MacLean: C.133-2015

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Current Location: In storage


Portrait medallion of James MacLean


Tassie, James (Maker)


Opaque white glass relief portrait of James MacLean in profile to right on an opaque white background, mounted in an oval, glazed pearwood frame, with a gilt edge next to the medallion, and a gilt-metal suspension ring at the top


History note: K.E. Houston Esq.; his sale, Sotheby's, 15 January 1968, lot 108; purchased by Sir Ivor Batchelor; Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew's, Fife; Sir Ivor died 24 April 2005; on loan from 2006 (Syndicate of 30 January)

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Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through The Art Fund

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


Late 18th century
George III
Production date: dated AD 1796

School or Style


Components of the work

Frame Height 15.6 cm Width 12.3 cm

Materials used in production

opaque white Glass

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: JAMES MACLEAN/1796
  • Location: On the truncation of the arm
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Tassie F.
  • Location: On truncation of chest, to right and below date
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 300
  • Location: On back of frame
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: small rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 2
  • Location: On back of frame at the top
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.133-2015
Primary reference Number: 206824
Old object number: 2
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.133-2006
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Created: Tuesday 29 September 2015 Updated: Wednesday 2 January 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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