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Locket with portrait miniature of James Marlay, aged 12: MAR.M.293-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Locket with portrait miniature of James Marlay, aged 12


Maker: Unknown




Gold, ivory, painting and glass. Locket in the form of a triptych. Back and front chased with flowering foliate design. Inside, in the centre, a miniature portrait of James Marlay, aged twelve, the brother of C.B. Marlay. On either side, but not under glass, as above, a painting on ivory of a kneeling angel by an unknown artist, c. 1840.


History note: Unknown before testator

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C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.0 mm
Length: 43.0 mm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


19th century
Circa 1840 - Circa 1900


James Marlay was the second son of Lieutenant Colonel George Marlay and his wife, Catherine A.L. Tisdall, whom he had married in 1828. George Marlay died two years later, and James was drowned at the age of thirteen.

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Components of the work

Part composed of gold ivory glass
When Closed Width 25.0 mm
When Open Width 46.0 mm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.293-1912
Primary reference Number: 45842
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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