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The Muse of Orpheus: 2035

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The Muse of Orpheus


Delacroix, Eugène (Painter)


History note: Delacroix sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 17-19 February 1864 (11), bt. Sir F. Leighton; Lord Leighton's sale, Christie's, 11, 13 and 14 July 1896 (312); coll. C. Ricketts, R.A., and C.H. Shannon, R.A.,

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood


1845 CE - 1847 1847 CE


This is a study for one of the four pendentives in the library of the Palais du Luxembourg (Senate), Paris.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support: composed of paper ( laid down on canvas) Frame: Depth 5.5 cm Height 37.4 cm Width 44.4 cm
Canvas: Height 21.3 cm Width 25.5 cm

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Pen and ink heightened with oil on paper laid down on canvas

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 820 p
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Christie stencil
  • Stencil
  • Text: 572
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: White chalk
  • Number
  • Text: Sapph. Bibliotheque du Luxembourg
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: MS label in Rickett's handwriting
  • Label
  • Text: Messrs Ricketts & Shannon
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Circular MS label
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 2035
Primary reference Number: 2616
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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