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Charles Gounod (1818-93): M.2-1943

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Charles Gounod (1818-93)


Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste




Plaster, cast. Surface treated with wax. Body set at an angle to squared socle. Bearded man with brows drawn, looks up and to the right. Gonoud is depicted in the pose of conductor.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1943) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th Century, third quarter#
Production date: after AD 1871 : Carpeaux must have worked on the portrait when he was in England during the reign of the Paris Commune in 1871, or in the following year 1872 when he revisited the United Kingdom to make a portrait of Napoleon III, who was gravely ill.


Carpeaux and Gounod were both Imperialists and associated with Napolean III and so spent some of the early 1870's exiled in England, where they formed part of the same circle.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Plaster, cast

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.2-1943
Primary reference Number: 29498
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_2_1943
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 19 May 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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