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The Muse of Orpheus: 2035

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Current Location: In storage


The Muse of Orpheus


Painter: Delacroix, Eugène




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.,

Legal notes

The Ricketts and Shannon Collection. Bequeathed by Charles Shannon, 1937

Acquisition and important dates

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


1845 CE - 1847 CE


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

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 2035
Primary reference Number: 2616
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 June 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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