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White Relief, 1936, second version 1957: PD.28-1977

Object information

Current Location: In storage


White Relief, 1936, second version 1957


Painter: Nicholson, Ben



Measurements and weight

Height: 64.4 cm
Width: 87.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1977) by Nicholson, Ben


Production date: AD 1957 : Nicholson's series of white reliefs were begun in 1934. A similar version of 1935 is in the Tate Gallery (T. 49)

School or Style


Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of boards (flat objects) ( carved, circle and square)

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on carved board

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: "TOP" (with an 'up arrow' beneath it) / Ben Nicholson (his version 2) / 1936 (executed 1957)
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: MS
  • Text: to go to the Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Location: Verso, right
  • Method of creation: Red

Inscription present: sloping, and in a circle

  • Text: PL. St. Ives / 711
  • Location: Verso, left
  • Method of creation: Red
  • Text: (forward arrow) NOT FOR SALE relief to hung (sic) in a strong side light / BN
  • Location: Verso, on the upper batten

Inscription present: erased

  • Text: to.....
  • Location: Verso, lower left
  • Text: 63 x 56 cm
  • Location: Verso, upper right

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.28-1977
Primary reference Number: 3724
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 May 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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