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Abel slain by Cain: PD.43-1961

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Abel slain by Cain


Rubens, Peter Paul (Draughtsman)


History note: P.H. Lankrink (Lugt 2090); J. Richardson Sr. (Lugt 2184); Sir Joshua Reynolds (Lugt 2364); Thomas Banks (Lugt 2423); Sir E.J. Poynter (Lugt 874), Poynter Sale, Sotheby's, 25 April 1918, lot 189; Charles Clarke bequeathed to L.C.G. Clarke in 1935, by whom bequeathed to the Museum in 1960, received 1961

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


After Michael Coxcie

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Materials used in production

Red chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper Paper Height 214 mm Width 210 mm

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Red chalk, touched with white partly oxidised, reinforced with the point of the brush dipped in red, on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Rubens
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: No. 14 Z
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: L.34
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: 74
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.43-1961
Primary reference Number: 5112
Lugt: 2090
Lugt: 2184
Lugt: 2364
Lugt: 2423
Lugt: 874
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Friday 16 July 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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