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Head of a man: C.346-1991

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Head of a man


Maker: Unknown (Uncertain)




Stained and painted glass, en grisaille with details in red and silver-yellow stain. The highlights are scratched out. The head of a black man, in profile, to the left. He wears a white (colourless) headband and a yellow scarf over a red garment. His head is tilted back slightly and he looks upwards. The panel is surrounded by four narrow undecorated border panels in a rectangular suspension loop at the top.


History note: Purchased at Sotheby's, 28 November, 1927; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Henry Scipio Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.5 cm
Width: 17 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th Century
17th Century#
Circa 1500 CE - 1700 CE


Flemish or Italian

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of paint ( red)

Materials used in production

silver-yellow stain Stained glass

Techniques used in production

Staining : Stained and painted glass, en grisaille with details in red and silver-yellow stain, highlights scratched out

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.346-1991
Primary reference Number: 28220
Packing number: EWA 819
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 1 June 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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