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Agony in the Garden: M.1-1918

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Agony in the Garden


Production: Unknown (Uncertain)




Agony in the Garden, carved in boxwood in relief. The three-quarter length figure of Christ, with halo and his arms folded on his breast, faces three-quarter left. The angel, holding a chalice in his left hand and a Roman four-pointed cross (not an Orthodox eight-pointed one) in the left hand, appears kneeling in a cloud in the extreme left of the composition. In the background are trees and the walls of Jerusalem.


History note: 12th May 1886: Rt. Hon. Beresford Hope M.P. (sale cat. no. 247); bought by the Rev. E.S. Dewick; 1918, bought by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam and given to the Museum

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 2 7/8 in
Width: 2 5/8 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1918-04-30) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th Century, second half#
Circa 1870 - 1900


Dr. N. Andreyev on 9th December 1953 wrote that this was not an ancient Greek Orthodox subject and only appears in the 18th and 19th century under the influence of W. European, and particularly Italian art. The composition and the background are not typical of the Orthodox icon, nor is the cross an Orthodox one. It was probably made for sale to pilgrims in Palestine.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Carved in boxwood

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1918
Primary reference Number: 30376
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_1918
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 3 December 2019 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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