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Cupid inspiring the plants with love: PD.65-1974

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Cupid inspiring the plants with love


Painter: Reinagle, Philip




History note: Robert John Thornton, M.D. (1768(?)-1837); sale of the Linnaean Gallery, Christie's, 2 July 1813 (44), bt. Richardson; bt. (£63) in January from Levine and Mosley, London, by Lord Fairhaven

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Bequeathed 1973.

Measurements and weight

Height: 43.5 cm
Width: 34.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1974) by Fairhaven, Henry Rogers Broughton


Painted for Robert Thornton's New illustration of the sexual system of Linnaeus (1799-1807), for which it was engraved by Thomas Burke (see 'notes'), the engraving, with other matter, preceding the twenty-eight plates of 'The Temple of Flora' (see PD.892-1973).

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Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of linen (material)

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on linen

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.65-1974
Primary reference Number: 3786
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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