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A colossal foot: PD.2-1976

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A colossal foot


Rubens, Peter Paul (Draughtsman)


History note: Sotheby's, 21 March 1973, lot 65, bt. Cullen (£300); bt. from H.L. Calmann by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 285 mm
Width: 216 mm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1976) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

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Materials used in production

Black chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Black chalk on paper

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: crossed out

  • Text: dall'antico
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: di Pietro Paolo Rubens 1o (in a different hand)
  • Location: Lower right
  • Text: No. 121
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.2-1976
Primary reference Number: 5115
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Audit data

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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