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A rider on a rearing horse: PD.44-1999

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Current Location: In storage


A rider on a rearing horse


Leonardo da Vinci




History note: Sir Peter Lely (Lugt 2092); the Earls of Pembroke; Pembroke Sale, Sotheby's, 10 July 1917, lot 467; Henry Oppenheimer, his sale, Christie's, 10-14 July 1936, lot 106; bought by P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. for Captain Norman Colville, M.C.

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Acquired from the Trustees of Colonel Norman R. Colville, deceased, by Private Treaty Sale from the Gow, Cunliffe, Leverton Harris, Perrins and Reitlinger funds, with a contribution from The Art Fund, The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and a grant from the Pilgrim Trust, with contributions from Mrs Monica Beck, David Scrase and an anonymous donor, 1999

Measurements and weight

Height: 141 mm
Width: 119 mm

Relative size of this object

11.9 m14.1 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1999) by Colville, Norman R., Colonel, the trustees of


Production date: not before AD 1481

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Materials used in production

Brown ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( the sheet cut from a larger one; the upper corners cut diagonally)

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Metalpoint reinforced with pen and brown ink on a pinkish prepared paper

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.44-1999
Primary reference Number: 52
Lugt: 2092
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Monday 19 December 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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