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Head of Charles Talbot (1660-1718), Earl of Shrewsbury (1668), Duke of Shrewsbury (1694): M.6 & A-1816

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Head of Charles Talbot (1660-1718), Earl of Shrewsbury (1668), Duke of Shrewsbury (1694)


Sculptor: Unknown




Head incorporating a death mask, wax, cast, with applied hair eyebrows. In later wooden case with convex glass front.


History note: Probably Founder's Bequest

Legal notes

Founders Bequest, 1816

Measurements and weight

Depth: 21.5 cm
Height: 26.0 cm
Width: 17.0 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


Early 18th Century
George I
Production date: circa AD 1718


Possibly a model for a funeral effigy, or the head from a funeral effigy, from a death mask

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Components of the work

Head composed of wax
Case composed of wood (plant material)
Decoration composed of hair

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6 & A-1816
Primary reference Number: 30386
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 8 March 2017 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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