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Three Graces distressing Cupid: C.98-1932

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Three Graces distressing Cupid


Factory: Derby Porcelain Factory
Maker: Stephan, Pierre (Probably)




Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels, and gilt.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 38.8 cm
Width: 18.8 cm

Relative size of this object

18.8 cm38.8 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Derby ⪼ Derbyshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932-10) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Late 18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1780


The group was an adaptation after the stipple engraving dated 17 March 1777 by William Wynne Ryland (1732-83) after Three Nymphs Distressing Cupid, by Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807), titled in Latin 'Etiam Amor Criminibus Plectitur' (Even Love is punished for his sins). Examples of the print are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Print Room (Est 4,26581) and the British Museum Print Room (1868-8, 8, 2980, untitled). A comparison between print and group, shows that the modeller, probably Pierre Stephan, who worked for the Derby factory 1770-73, compressed the scene in order to create a group which was satisfactory when viewed from several different angles. It may have been intended to form a garniture de cheminée with groups entitled 'Two Bacchantes adorning Pan', and 'Two Virgins awaking Cupid', which are similar in style and composition.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( polychrome) lead-glaze ( presumed lead)
Decoation composed of gold

Materials used in production

Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : Soft-paste porcelain, slip-cast, and painted overglaze in enamels, and gilt
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: No 235
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.98-1932
Primary reference Number: 43508
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 10 September 2019 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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