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Mirror: M.7-2016

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Miller, Alec




Bronze hand mirror with scenes of nymphs bathing

Bronze, cast, and chased, inset with an oval mirror with a bevelled edge. The narrow wedge-shaped rustic handle is hollow on the reverse and encloses a nude figure of a woman standing holding her hands behind her head. The handle is separated from the mirror by a narrow studded collar. The mirror back is decorated in shallow relief with three nymphs bathing, one of whom grasps the right arm of a young man who is kneeling on the bank and bending down towards her. Behind him there is a broad squat jug, and a taller urn or ewer is partially visible next to his left arm. The scene is enclosed by a narrow rope edging.


History note: Olive Ward; on loan to the museum since 2012

Legal notes

Given from the estate of the late Olive and Peter Ward

Measurements and weight

Length: 30.2 cm
Width: 12.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Chipping Campden ⪼ Gloucestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2016) by Ward, Olive and Peter, from the estate of


20th Century, first half#
After 1900 CE - Before 1935 CE


Alec Miller was a Scottish sculptor who went to work for the Guild of Handicraft in Chipping Campden and remained there working independently. He visited the United States several times in the 1920s and 1930s before emigrating in 1939.

Components of the work

Frame composed of bronze
Mirror composed of glass Depth 1.1 cm
End Of Hande Depth 2.4 cm

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.7-2016
Primary reference Number: 208647
Former loan number: AAL.7-1012
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 26 April 2016 Updated: Friday 16 June 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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