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The Circumcision: PD.153-1985

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Current Location: In storage


The Circumcision


Painter: Blake, William




History note: Thomas Butts; Thomas Butts jnr., sold Foster's 29 June 1853 (part of lot 140), bt. C. Martin; ...; Appleby's, sold 1947 to Geoffrey Keynes

Legal notes

Accepted by H.M. Treasury from the estate of Sir Geoffrey Keynes and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum through the Minister of Arts, in lieu of capital taxes

Measurements and weight

Height: 25.7 cm
Width: 36.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1985) by Keynes, Geoffrey


Circa 1799 - 1800

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Support composed of canvas

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Tempera on canvas

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  • Text: WB (cut at edge of canvas)
  • Location: Lower left
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.153-1985
Primary reference Number: 3116
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 25 November 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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