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Voltaire à la Bague: M.9-1996

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Voltaire à la Bague


Sculptor: Hardy, Bernhard Caspar




Wax, coloured green, greyish-blue, pink, dark pink, stone, brown, grey and black and gilt. Three-quarter length figure of Voltaire facing to left, his hat and stick in front of him and both arms extended over a shelf or table. He holds a ring in his left hand and his right is over a jewel box on the table. To its left (viewer's left) is a back, and below his arm, a bunch of three roses, two books and further to the right a paper. Black background. In rectangular gilt wood and glass frame.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Edward Joseph Pyke

Place(s) associated

  • Cologne ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
Circa 1775 CE - 1800 CE


François-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire (1694-1778), was a French writer, historian and philosopher, who was one of the leading figures in the intellectual movement known as The Enlightenment.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Figure composed of wax ( coloured)
Finish composed of gilt
Frame composed of wood (plant material) glass Depth 7.5 cm Height 22.2 cm Width 18.7 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.9-1996
Primary reference Number: 30480
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 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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