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Sketches of a kitten: PD.1-1951

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Current Location: In storage


Sketches of a kitten


Painter: Desportes, Alexandre François




History note: Bought from the Matthiesen Gallery at the time of the exhibition French Master Drawings of the 18th Century, 1954-55 (436)

Measurements and weight

Height: 27 cm
Width: 51.1 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1951-01) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Formerly ascribed to Jean-Baptiste Oudry

School or Style


Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( buff)

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Pale and dark grey, touched with pink and brown, oils on buff paper

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: partly cut off

  • Text: 30 30 (followed by) No: 62 (in a different script)
  • Location: Upper right

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.1-1951
Primary reference Number: 2643
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 25 August 2022 Last processed: Friday 26 August 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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