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Cast of the Right Hand of William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-63): M.5 & A & B-1944

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Current Location: In storage


Cast of the Right Hand of William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-63)


Founder: D. Brucciani & Co.




Plaster cast of the clenched right hand and a short distance of the wrist of William Makepeace Thackeray. In elongated horse-shoe shaped box (A) covered on the outside with maroon leather, and inside with maroon silk inside the lid, and with maroon velvet around the cut out shape to enclose the plaster. Accompanied by a note.


History note: Henry Thompson; Sir Herbert Thompson, Bart, FBA

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Sir Herbert Thompson

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1944) by Thompson, Henry Francis Herbert, Sir, Bart


Third quarter of 19th century
Victoria I
After 1863-12-24 - 1864

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Plaster Height 6.7 cm Length 19.1 cm Width 9.2 cm
Case Height 9 cm Length 24 cm Width 14.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Plaster, cast

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: '35 Wimpole Street.W.' in blue 'This cast of my friend Thackeray's/hand was taken at my sug-/gestion on the day following his/death, Christmas Day 1863,/by Brucciani of Drury Lane/It is characteristic, & recalls/for me the original with its/long & delicate fingers, the form/of the nails ?&c - very forcibly./Henry Thompson' printed in black ink
  • Location: In the box
  • Method of creation: Printed in blue ink and inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 'FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM/CAMBRIDGE/25 FEB 1948' and hand written 'the Director decided that the Museum did not want this cast of Thackeray's right hand. It should remain with the rest of the discarded objects belonging to the Sir Herbert Thompson bequest for altruistic disposal through the Treasurer. LAH'
  • Method of creation: Stamped and hand written below
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5 & A & B-1944
Primary reference Number: 29346
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 29 September 2021 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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