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Mrs Elizabeth Birch and her daughter: 646

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Mrs Elizabeth Birch and her daughter


Highmore, Joseph (Painter)


History note: With Eugene Benjamin, of New Bond Street, London; posthumous sale of his stock, (total 567 items, of which pictures, 85) Christie's, 23 November 1898 (546), bt. Agnew

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1908) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


Production date: AD/CE 1741

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support: composed of canvas Frame: Depth 8 cm Height 138.8 cm Width 116.2 cm
Canvas: Height 119.1 cm Width 97.2 cm

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on canvas

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Jos: Highmore. pinx
  • Location: On the chair
  • Method of creation: Oil
  • Signature
  • Text: 1741
  • Location: On the chair
  • Method of creation: Oil
  • Date
  • Text: 476 W
  • Location: Verso, stretcher
  • Stencil
  • Text: Nov. 23-98
  • Location: Verso, stretcher
  • Method of creation: Chalk
  • Text: 546
  • Location: Verso, stretcher
  • Method of creation: Chalk
  • Text: (describes the picture as) Portrait of the famous Mrs. Elizabeth Birch and her daughter. Tempes George II (and continues about highmore)
  • Location: Verso, stretcher
  • Method of creation: MS
  • Label
  • Text: 1085
  • Location: Verso, frame
  • Method of creation: Graphite

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 646
Primary reference Number: 3356
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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