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The Descent of the Swan: PD.58-1993

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Current Location: In storage


The Descent of the Swan


Painter: Ward, James




History note: Briton Rivière R.A., (by 1885); F. Holbrooke; Christie's, 23 March 1923 (58); H.W. Atherton; Sotheby's. 14 June 1950 (149); H. Noel Whiting; Christie's, 27 March 1981 (28)

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Method of acquisition: Given (1993) by Reed, Anthony


An allegory to illustrate Peter Coxe's The Social Day.

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Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of panel (wood)
Frame Depth 6 cm Height 49 cm Width 45.4 cm
Panel Height 34.9 cm Width 31.1 cm

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on panel

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.58-1993
Primary reference Number: 4013
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 June 2021 Last processed: Thursday 24 June 2021

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

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