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Bust of an unidentified old man: M.6-1996

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Bust of an unidentified old man


Sculptor: Curtius, Philippe (Uncertain)
Sculptor: Tussaud, Marie Gresholtz (Uncertain)
Sculptor: Hardy, Bernhard Caspar (Uncertain)




Bust of an unidentified old man. Wax coloured flesh, red, olive-green and grey. Bust of a wrinkled old man in profile to left, wearing an open-necked garment. Black background. In rectangular gilt-wood frame with glass front set in a wider ebonized wood frame.
A pair with M.5-1996.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Edward Joseph Pyke

Place(s) associated

  • Cologne ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1996) by Pyke, Edward Joseph


18th Century, Late
Circa 1775 CE - 1800 CE


Possibly by Philippe Guillaume Mathé Curtius (1737-1794), Marie Tussaud (née Grosholtz) (1761-1850), or Bernhard Caspar Hardy (Cologne 1726-1816)

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Bust composed of wax ( coloured)
Frame composed of ebonized wood
Outer Frame Depth 5 cm Height 30.3 cm Width 26.9 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'MESSRS. CHRISTIE, MANSON & WOODS/AT THEIR GREAT ROOMS/8 KING STREET, ST. JAME'S SQUARE/ON FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 1904/AT ONE O'CLOCK PRECISELY' with below another '14 A pair of wax reliefs, with heads of an old man and woman framed;...'
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6-1996
Primary reference Number: 30461
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 21 March 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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